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Graduate Admissions



If you are an applicant or student who has or expects to have an employment contract with the University of Cambridge, you may be eligible for the reduced staff fee.

In order to qualify, you must:

  1. Be a candidate for a research course (ie PhD, MSc, MLitt, CPGS, EdD, those MPhils examined by thesis and oral only). Course information can be found in the Statutes & Ordinances, Chapter VII. The MD course is not eligible for staff discount.
  2. Have a contract of at least 40 per cent full-time employment with the University of Cambridge (this does not include employment in one of the approved University Partner Institutes, nor ESOL, nor CUP, nor Colleges).
  3. Have the support of your Head of Department that the reduced staff fee be charged. Where the employing department is different from the admitting department, the agreement of both Heads must be obtained.
  4. Be able to demonstrate that your research will overlap almost entirely with your paid employment (for full-time courses) or contribute directly to it (for part-time courses).
  5. Sign an undertaking that you understand and agree that if the employment contract comes to an end, then so will the reduced staff rate and that you will at that time be assessed for the remaining fees/maintenance in the usual way.

Cost of Reduced Staff Fee

The reduced staff University Composition Fee is one third of either the full- or part-time Home Student UCF, for all qualifying students, irrespective of whether they are classified as UK, EU or Overseas.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete an application for graduate study in the normal way.
  2. Complete the Application Form available to download from this page and send it to your departmental graduate administrator.
  3. Your department returns the form to the Student Registry informing us of your staff status (at the discretion of the department). Departmental administrators should refer to 'University Composition Fee for Staff' in the Staff section of our website for information on this process.

Please note

If you are already part-way through your course and have been employed by the University since the outset, you may be eligible for a refund of the difference between the reduced staff fee and the full University Composition Fee for any terms completed since the commencement of the scheme in January 2004. In this case, applicants should complete the Staff Fee Application Form and submit it with a covering letter to:

Fees and Funding
Student Registry
4 Mill Lane

Students who have completed their course are not eligible for a refund.

Information on the reduced staff fee can be found in the University’s Reporter.