When applications have been shortlisted, selected candidates for courses other than the Graduate Course in Medicine are invited to come for interviews and assessments at Lucy Cavendish. Each candidate has two interviews. One interview will be with the relevant Director of Studies and another academic in your chosen subject; the second will be with the Admissions Director and an academic in your chosen subject, or related field. Interviews last between twenty and thirty minutes, and in some cases, you will be given preparatory reading beforehand. Both interviews focus primarily on academic matters, although the questions you are asked in your interview with the Admissions Director may be less technical.

In a few subjects, you will be interviewed by more than one College or in the Faculty. You will be notified of this in your interview invitation.

Candidates for A100 Medicine are required to sit the Bio-Medical Admissions Test (BMAT) after making an application, and before interview.  Candidates for Veterinary Medicine are required to take the Natural Sciences pre-interview written assessment on 2 November.  You must be registered in advance to take the assessment, and the registration deadline is 15 October. Information about how to register, and specifications, can be found on the Cambridge website here.

Candidates for Law sit the Cambridge Law Test on the day of their interviews, and candidates for Land Economy take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) in Cambridge on the day of their interviews.  Candidates for other subjects will sit a one hour, or one and a half hour, version of the Cambridge Admissions Assessment for their subject on the day of their interviews.  Information about the Admissions Assessment, and specifications, can be found through a link on individual subject pages on our website here.  If you are invited for interview at Lucy Cavendish you will  be given information about the type and length of assessment when we contact you with your invitation to interview.

Some subjects will be looking for evidence that you have grasped enough of the mathematical or scientific concepts necessary to thrive on our degree course. Others will be testing your analytical skills and ability to develop, illustrate and sustain an argument.

We recommend that you prepare for your interviews at Lucy Cavendish by watching YouTube links on the University website, doing a practice interview with someone you do not know well or discussing aspects of your chosen subject, informally, with friends or family. Our interviews are intended to be challenging, but they are only one element in the selection process, and their primary purpose is to show us how you think, not whether you can offer an immediate, polished answer.

Interviews for candidates applying in the first admissions round take place in early to mid December. Interviews for candidates applying in the second admissions round take place in late March or early April. Some candidates who have been placed in the Winter Pool by their first preference college may be invited for a single interview in January. Candidates who have been placed in the March round Pool by their preference college are not usually re-interviewed.

Assessment for the Graduate Course in Medicine takes place at the School of Clinical Medicine in late November, in the multiple mini interview format. Candidates for this course are not required to sit the BMAT.

Overseas interviews scheme

Candidates in Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Hong Kong are encouraged to request an interview in their country of residence. Other candidates based overseas may be offered interviews by Skype.

Mature applicants who wish to be interviewed as part of the University's Overseas interviews scheme must register for the assessment in advance and sit any required pre-interview assessment. Applicants taking the pre-interview written assessments overseas must check the Admissions Testing Service website as the scheduled start times for international centres may vary. Please note that for some overseas interview locations, pre-interview assessments may take place after your interview. In this situation, your written assessment will be considered by your Cambridge College with your overseas interview report.