Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
pp. 167–169

In this section


How it is effected.

1. A person shall be deemed to be matriculated from the beginning of the term in which a completed Matriculation Registration Form and satisfactory evidence of his or her qualification to matriculate are received by the Registrary.

Matriculation Registration Form.

2. Every candidate for matriculation shall subscribe to the following declaration by signing the Matriculation Registration Form:

‘I promise to observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University as far as they concern me, and to pay due respect and obedience to the Chancellor and other officers of the University.’

Submission of Form.

3. The Matriculation Registration Form when completed, together with any necessary evidence of matriculability, shall be submitted to the Registrary by the proper authority of the College to which the candidate belongs or, if the candidate is not a member of a College, by the Head of the Department or other person who would be qualified to present the candidate for a degree under Regulation 9 for admission to degrees. For a candidate in statu pupillari, other than a Graduate Student, the completed Matriculation Registration Form and evidence of matriculability must be sent to the Registrary so as to arrive not later than the division of the candidate's first term of residence; provided that the Registrary shall have power to accept such form and evidence at a later date, subject to the payment of a fine of £1 in respect of each candidate unless the Tutor concerned has adduced reasons for delay which are regarded as adequate by the Council.

Classes of Persons Qualified to Matriculate

In addition to the persons qualified under Statute B I 1, the Council have approved the following classes of persons as qualified for matriculation:

  1. (a)persons to whom the Council have granted the status of Master of Arts;
  2. (b)persons who have been granted leave by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Law to present themselves as candidates for the degree of Master of Law;
  3. (c)persons who have been approved by a Faculty Board, Degree Committee, or other body concerned as candidates for any one of the following University awards:
  4. Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings, and Advanced Diploma in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion;
  5. (d)persons who have been approved by the Head of the Faculty of Education for admission to the course of study leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education;
  6. (e)persons employed by the University or by a College who hold appointments approved by the University for the purpose of Statute A III 10(e).1
  7. (f)persons approved as clinical students by the authorities of the School of Clinical Medicine for admission to courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery;
  8. (g)members of an institution within the Cambridge Theological Federation who at the end of their first year of studying in an institution with the Federation have passed the Qualifying Examination in Theology for Ministry (with a view to becoming candidates for the B.Th. Degree).

Examination Requirements for Matriculation


1. A student shall satisfy the examination requirements for matriculation if satisfying the requirements set out in Schedule I for the course for which he or she has been offered admission or the same subjects in other qualifications judged by the admitting College to be equivalent; in taking each decision a College shall have regard to the schedule of qualifications attached to these regulations (Schedule II) and to such advice as may be issued from time to time by the General Board.


2. If a candidate is not in the judgement of his or her admitting College completely qualified as above, but the College believes that the candidate is fit to be admitted as a candidate for honours, the College may deem the candidate to be qualified. In taking such a decision a College shall have regard to such advice as is issued from time to time by the General Board.

3. A College shall supply such information about compliance with the examination requirements for matriculation or about a decision taken under Regulation 2 in the report of a student or students admitted as the General Board shall require in any particular instance or generally.

Amendment of Schedules.

4. The General Board shall have the authority to amend the Schedules to these regulations.


Schedule I - Examination Requirements for Matriculation

(subject to amendment by the General Board under Regulation 4)

Amended by Grace 2 of 11 January 2017

1. In order to be admitted, candidates must show evidence of a broad educational background and good standards of literacy and numeracy.2 A high standard of performance in three General Certificate of Education (GCE) A level subjects (or equivalent) is normally required. The University does not have any formal requirement for any particular subjects in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), save for those indicated in section 2 below.

2. Eligibility to matriculate for admission to the following Triposes shall require a pass in the subject(s) specified:




GCE A Level (or equivalent) unless otherwise indicated

Classical (direct entry to Part Ia)

Greek or Latin

Computer Science





The subject within the Tripos in which the candidate intends to specialize


Physics and Mathematics (and Chemistry for those intending to take the Chemical Engineering Tripos via the Engineering Tripos); or Mathematics and a suitable vocational qualification in an engineering discipline; or Physics and the Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineering as part of the Advanced Diploma in Engineering


English Literature or combined English Language/Literature


Mathematics and (at least at AS Level) Further Mathematics

[Medical and Veterinary Sciences

GCSEs – Double Award Science and Mathematics or single award Biology and Physics and Mathematics
  AS and A Levels – Chemistry and two of Biology, Physics, and Mathematics, including at least one at A Level]3

〈Medical Sciences and Veterinary Sciences

GCSEs – Double Award Science and Mathematics or single award Biology and Physics and Mathematics〉3

Modern and Medieval Languages

At least one of the two languages intended in the Tripos


Music or an appropriate alternative qualification such as Associated Board Grade VIII Theory

Natural Sciences

Two from Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics


Schedule II - Examination Requirements for Matriculation: Qualifying Awards

(subject to amendment by the General Board under Regulation 4)

Qualifications awarded by UK public examining bodies

GCE: A level (and AS)


Advanced Diploma

Higher Diploma

Scottish Certificate of Education

Welsh Baccalaureate

Cambridge Pre-U

Other qualifications of comparable standard awarded by UK public examination bodies (e.g. IGCSE; vocational A levels)

Other qualifications issued by UK public examining bodies (e.g. Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge Assessment), IELTS

Other Member States of the European Union

Normal secondary leaving examination and awards, qualifying the holder for admission to university in the country of issue (e.g. French Baccalaureate, German Abitur)

European Baccalaureate

Other European countries

Equivalent qualifications to the above

International qualifications

International Baccalaureate

Other countries

Qualifications judged by the admitting College to be substantially equivalent to the above (e.g. US Scholastic Aptitude Test, including Advanced Placement)


  1. 1. See p. 104.a
  2. 2. GCSE passes at grade C and above in English Language and in a Mathematics or Science Subject would normally satisfy these requirements, as would an appropriate level of attainment in other qualifications such as the Scottish Certificate of Education or the European and International Baccalaureates.a
  3. 3. The entry in angular brackets will replace the entry in square brackets with effect from 1 October 2018.a b