Applications for the Academic year October 2020- September 2021 open 2nd September, Funding deadlines are as follows:
Gates US: 9th October 2019
Graduate Funding Competition (all other funders including Gates Cambridge): 3rd December 2019
IMPORTANT – this included applications from applicants who wish to be considered for Cambridge Trust funding (both inside and outside the EU).
Please note that ALL supporting documents (references, transcript, CV) must be uploaded within 7 days of the date of applying
A timeline for post-graduate funding competitions can be found here
(Applications for Michaelmas 2020, Lent and Easter 2021 are still being considered, but funding must already be secured, deadlines available here)
Applicants are invited to follow the application flow chart and the additional information provided in the text below. Failure to do so, may result in your application being delayed or rejected.
Which qualification do you want to apply for?
Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense. Like all departments in the Graduate School, we require all our graduate entrants to have:
- at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. GPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject
- two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University
- fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.
- We do not consider intercalating students.
For more details of the University’s academic requirements see the University’s Graduate Admissions
All applications have a set fee of £60.00, this is administered by the Graduate Admissions Office
If you intend to apply for funding, University wide funding competitions, College Studentships or External Scholarships are advertised annually in early September. Occasionally, Department sponsored PhD studentships are available. These are advertised on the Learning Opportunities page.
Complete the application process as indicated in the application process flow chart. University wide funding competitions (eg Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships etc) all have very early deadlines.
Please ensure you select the appropriate funding boxes if you wish to be considered for funding, failure to tick the box will stop you from being nominated for certain funding.
When applying to the programme with your own funding (personal, fellowship or studentship) please only apply to the course that your funding covers.
Please make a careful note of the closing dates for the various scholarships and courses offered. They vary by category and country. We cannot consider late applications.
Closing dates for on-line applications are listed on the Graduate Study pages. Your on-line application will not be considered if it is submitted after these dates.
The first question on the GRADSAF application form requires you to choose a course – for research applicants this means you need to specifying which project(s) or supervisors(s) in which you wish to work.
To choose a project, you need to do some serious homework to identify a topic and one or more supervisors within the department with whom you wish to work. Identify the research project you wish to apply for by reviewing the list of available research projects.
Interviews for Lent 2020 starters will be held early November 2019, interviews for Easter 2020 will be mid February 2020.
Interviews for Michaelmas 2020 will be scheduled w/c 20 January 2020.
If you have been shortlisted for an interview you will be contacted by e-mail.
*Please note that you can apply only once to any individual course in an academic year. This means that you cannot apply twice to the PhD in a particular department with two different research proposals, and you cannot apply again in the same academic year to a course from which you have been rejected.