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.  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. 

There are a few exceptions:

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.