1. Research your Course
Before applying you should thoroughly research your prospective course, including its requirements, deadlines and course costs. Information on all our postgraduate courses are in the Course Directory. Check that you meet the entry requirements of the course you want to study.
We usually update the Course Directory on 1 September (for the academic year 2024/25 it will be 4th Sept 2023) with information for admission in the following academic year. We have made a video here to explain how to fill in the application form.
2. Know your Deadlines
There are two deadlines that you need to consider: the application deadline and the funding deadline. Find out more >
3. Use the Applicant Portal
4. Contact your Referees
You will need two references to support your application, and you will need to submit your referees details via the Applicant Portal. Your referees will then receive an automated reference request. You should ensure you already have their consent before you apply.
5. Research the Colleges
All postgraduate students are a member of a College. In your application to study, you will be asked to indicate your College preferences or you can choose to make an open application and have a College allocated for you.
6. Apply for Funding
A number of the University’s major sources of funding can be applied for through the Applicant Portal. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to complete these sections.
7. Application Fee
Once you have finished writing your application, uploaded all required supporting documents and received references, your application is ready to be submitted. If you are applying for a masters level course you will be asked to pay the application fee before you can submit your application. Check the application fee page for more information.
Most departments/faculties will want to interview you if your application is accepted to the next stage in the admissions process. Some scholarships and studentships will also invite shortlisted candidates for interviews. Most interviews will be conducted via video conferencing or telephone.
See What happens next after this process
This website deals with applications for postgraduate study only. If you wish to apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Cambridge, see the Undergraduate Study website.