Graduate Admissions


Office Closure

The Graduate Admissions Office will be closed on Monday 7th July, re-opening 9 am on Tuesday 8th July.

During this time we will be unable to respond to any phone or email queries.

You will continue to have access to your self-service accounts.

Step 4 - I've Applied - What Next?

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Self Service

Now you have submitted your application and required supporting documents it is important that you regularly check your graduate admission Self-Service account for all further instructions and communications and to track the progress of your application.

If you have not yet submitted all the required supporting documents you should do so as soon as possible, and at least before the relevant deadlines, as your application may not be considered without them

If you have not yet received your self-service log-in details by email, please check our FAQ's for help


Selection Process

Flowcharts of the admissions process can be found here:

There are numerous offices involved in processing and managing your application to study at Cambridge, and you should be aware of what each of their roles and responsibilities are:

Office Snapshot of Roles
Graduate Admissions Office Co-ordinates the admission process, and makes the official offer of admission.
Department/Faculty Makes the initial academic decision recommending admission.
Degree Committee Approves the department's admission decision and makes a recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office.
College Will consider students who have received an official offer of admission. All graduate students must be a member of a college.

See 'Admissions Process' for more detailed information on these roles and responsibilities.


Our Decision

Decisions on admission to the University are made on academic merit, the availability of space on a course, and/or the availability of an appropriate supervisor.

The department or faculty where you wish to study will consider your application. Some will wish to interview you (always the case for part-time research degrees) or might request additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Where this is required it will be clearly stated in the application information in the online prospectus entry for the course.

Every recommendation for admission is scrutinised by the central Graduate Admissions Office, and this office makes the official offer of admission on behalf of the University. You can track the progress of your application through these stages in your graduate admission self-service account.

Offers of Admission

If a recommendation for your admission to a course or research place has been approved by the Graduate Admissions Office, you will receive a formal offer of admission via email. You will be able to print a summary certificate of the offer of admission, and view your offer conditions via your Self-Service Account. These are the only documents that constitute an offer of admission. No other correspondence, eg from a department or faculty, constitute a formal offer.

If you have made more than one aplication you may receive more than one conditional offer

Unsuccessful Applications

If your application is not accepted, at any stage in the admissions process, we shall notify you by email and via your Self-Service. In the event that we do not have an email address for you, we shall send you a letter.




The majority of Offers of Admission are made in February and March and if you have applied before the general funding deadlines in December you should receive notification of the outcome of your application during these months.

If your application is unsuccessful, you may receive notification of the outcome earlier. This is not because your application was not fully considered; this is because the process for establishing all the components of an offer is time consuming.

Offers of admission are only made once the application has been approved by the Department, the Degree Committee and the Graduate Admissions Office (Board of Graduate Studies). It may take up to 7 days from Degree Committee approval for your application to be approved by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Departmental Decisions

Some departments wait until the course deadline has passed before considering all applications together, whilst other departments consider applications as soon as they are received. You will need to check the departmental website, or contact the department directly to find out how your department processes applications.

College decisions

Colleges will not receive your application until a formal offer of admission has been made by the Graduate Admissions Office. Colleges may take up to 10 working days to make a decision, but as applications are often considered by more than one college the average time for a college decision to be made is 3 weeks from the date of the offer of admission.

Processing Documents to meet offer conditions

Documentation uploaded or sent by post to meet conditions of admission will not immediately meet the conditions of the offer. It takes time for these documents to be considered and processed (but generally no more than 10 working days). Please continue to monitor your self-service account for information.

Further Information


Equal Opportunity

The University is committed to equal opportunity, and exercises the University's policy in relation to all admissions processes.


Continuation and Readmission as a Graduate Student

If you are currently, or have previously been registered as a graduate student at Cambridge please refer to the specific instructions for students applying for 'continuation' and 'readmission'.