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Frequently asked questions


When should I apply?

We will accept applications from 4 September 2017 for admission in October 2018.

The final deadline for applications is 14 June 2018. It will not be possible to apply after this date.

However, it is possible that we will allocate all our places on the course before 14 June. If this happens we will close the admissions round early and it will not be possible to submit a new application. We therefore strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible to ensure that your application can be considered. We suggest aiming for no later than 15 February 2018.

You will also need to apply earlier if you wish to be considered for funding from certain schemes. See the table below:

4 September 2017 Graduate admissions open
11 October 2017 Gates Cambridge deadline (USA)

6 December 2017


Gates Cambridge deadline (other countries)

Graduate Funding Competition deadline


14 June 2018 Final deadline

All deadlines are 12noon UK time on the date stated.

Is there an interview?

Yes, admission is subject to an interview. The interview, with one or two senior members of staff, can be conducted by phone or online if it is not practical for you to travel to Cambridge.

Should I submit three academic references?

No, we will not accept more than two academic references.


Can you tell me if I am sufficiently qualified to be admitted to the course?

The best way for us to assess your suitability is for you to submit a complete application. We are unable to give you a preliminary assessment of the chances of your application being successful.

Our normal requirement is a first class honours degree from a university in the UK, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an overseas university, but the MPhil Management Committee retain the right to admit on a high 2.i or equivalent where it is warranted.

Graduate Admissions: International qualifications

Can I study by distance learning or online learning?

No, we do not offer any distance learning or online learning courses.

Further information

Where can I find information about the number of applicants?

Graduate Admissions: Admissions statistics

Who should I contact if I have any other questions?

For questions relating to the application system please contact the Graduate Admissions Office here.

For all other enquiries please email .

The Open Day for students interested in coming to Cambridge to study on a postgraduate course will be on Friday 2 November 2018.