Almost all applications for postgraduate study at Cambridge are processed centrally by the Board of Graduate Studies, which provides a helpful overview of the Graduate Admissions process, including entrance requirements.

There are a few exceptions:

  • Applications for MSt courses are handled by the Institute for Continuing Education.
  • Applications for the MBA and MFin are handled by the Judge Business School.
  • Applications for the PGCE are handled by different national bodies, depending on the route chosen. See the Faculty of Education website for further details.
  • Applications for graduate entry Medicine, graduate entry Veterinary Medicine, and the affiliate or Senior Status Law Degree are treated as Undergraduate Admissions.

It is the Department or Faculty to which you apply that makes the decision whether to recommend you for a place on your chosen course. However, postgraduate applicants to the University of Cambridge must also be accepted by a College. You may choose to submit an 'open' application, in which case your application will be assigned to a College by computer program. Alternatively, you can name up to two Colleges, in order of preference, at which you wish to be considered for admission. So, if Lucy Cavendish is your preferred college you should name us as your first choice in your application to the University. Should we be unable to offer you a place, your application will be circulated to other Colleges.

All offers of a College place are subject to confirmation from the Board of Graduate Studies that you have met the conditions they have set you for entry as a postgraduate student; this includes financial conditions.