If you hold, or expect to hold, the equivalent of a UK Hons degree with a 2.i or above, but wish to study an undergraduate course at Cambridge, you may apply to become an affiliated student. Affiliated students complete a Cambridge BA degree within two years instead of the usual three: usually the second and final years of the course. The exception to this are students for Veterinary Medicine and Medicine who take the first two years and omit the third year of the pre-clinical course, and Law students who compact the first two years into one year before taking the final year. Affiliated study is demanding and applications must be highly competitive. Students need to be intellectually able and highly motivated. As a guide, prospective students from a UK university must have (or expect to gain) an Upper Second class degree or First, and those from the US system must offer a GPA of at least 3.7.
Students choosing to take affiliated degrees do so for a range of reasons. They might wish to study for a degree in a subject leading towards a specific profession, such as Medicine, Law or Veterinary Medicine. Or they have developed a strong interest in a subject which they were unable to fully explore in their first degree, such as English Literature, History of Art, Classics or Modern Languages.
There are also subjects which are only offered at Cambridge - Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, for example - or for which Cambridge is particularly renowned. And for many students there is a thrill in studying Shakespeare in the land of his birth, or studying Natural Sciences at the University where the secrets of DNA were discovered.
The subject information on our website is a good starting point for guidance and if you have any questions our Admissions Office has a great deal of experience in advising potential applicants.
How to apply
Affiliated applicants to Cambridge apply through UCAS in the usual way. When a UCAS application appears in the Cambridge admissions database the University sends the applicant a link and log-in details, by email, to a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) with a deadline for completion. At a similar time Lucy Cavendish will also contact the applicant by email, to acknowledge their application and ask them to provide some additional information by a number of deadlines: for example, academic transcripts and certificates, and written work, if relevant to the subject.
Lucy Cavendish accepts affiliated applications for both application deadlines. All subjects are available for the 15 October Cambridge deadline, and only the following subjects are excluded from the 1 March deadline: Architecture, History of Art, Medicine, Music, Philosophy and Veterinary Medicine.
Home and EU affiliated students are usually self-funding as they have received funding for their first undergraduate degree. There are some exceptions: Veterinary Medicine and Medicine students can apply for support and there is more information in our Finance section.
Overseas Affiliated students are also usually self-funding. Lucy Cavendish has one Law bursary which is Admissions panel nominated post-offer. Overseas applicants can also apply to the Cambridge Trust post-offer.
Read about the experience of some of our Affiliated students:
“Before coming to Lucy Cavendish, I completed a degree in English Literature at Durham University. The Law with Senior Status course has been a fantastic opportunity to gain my legal qualification in preparation for a career at the Bar. It has allowed me to study law in an analytical and intellectually challenging way that the GDL simply does not offer. Whilst compressing a law degree into two years seems daunting at first, the college has offered support both for my academic progress and my career aspirations. On top of that, I benefit from being surrounded by ambitious and talented women with diverse and exciting backgrounds and goals.”
"Having been left feeling unfulfilled by my first undergraduate degree, coming to Lucy Cavendish to study HSPS was the best decision I've made in my adult life. The course is fascinating, multidisciplinary, and exceptionally well-taught. Meanwhile, I've found college life to be vibrant, active, and most importantly, wholly inclusive; even if you're not sporty or musical, you can still get involved in yoga, art, event-planning, student politics and so much more. In short, the female solidarity and activism here are completely inspiring."