Courses and Entry Requirements at The University of Cambridge

If you’d like to study at Cambridge University, get familiar with the courses provided, as well as the competitive entry requirements that follow. We’ve made an undergraduate and postgraduate table to make this as easy as possible. Check them out below.

Cambridge University’s undergraduate courses and entry requirements

Have a look at the table below to check whether you meet Cambridge’s criteria for your desired undergraduate course:

CourseTitleAcceptance rateA level requirementsIB requirementsAdmissions test requirementsSubject requirements
ArchaeologyBA48%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*AA.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.Written assessment will be required if you’re shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.No specific subject required by any college. Subjects considered useful: Arts, Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences.
ArchitectureBA11%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: 42 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.
Written and practical assessment will be required if you’re shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.No specific subject required by all colleges. Some colleges require: A level/IB in Maths or Physics and in an essay-based subject.
Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesBA (Hons)35%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: 43 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.
Some colleges will require you to take a written assessment if you’re shortlisted for an interview. If so, you will not need to register in advance. Colleges will provide details to you. All colleges require AMES applicants wishing to study a European language to take the relevant MML admissions assessment.All colleges require an A level/IB Higher level in a European language (if you want to combine the degree with a European language). No previous knowledge of Asian and Middle Eastern languages needed. Subjects considered useful: English (Language or Literature), History, a Language (Ancient or Modern).
ClassicsBA (Hons)48%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: 44 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.
Written or oral assessment will be required if you’re shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.All colleges require an A level/IB Higher level in Latin (some colleges accept Classical Greek as a substitute). No specific subjects required by any college. Subjects considered useful: Classical Civilisation, English (Language or Literature), History, or a Language (Ancient or Modern).
Computer ScienceBSc8.5%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: 43 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.
TMUA assessment will be required. You must register for this in advance and take this at an authorised assessment centre. Applicants to Peterhouse and Trinity College may also be required to take the Computer Science Admissions Test (CSAT).No prior knowledge of programming is required. All colleges require an A level/IB Higher level in Maths. Further Mathematics is very strongly encouraged.
EconomicsBA11%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: at least 44 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.
Most applicants are required to take the TMUA. Mature students applying to one of the mature colleges are not required to take the TMUA, and will take a written assessment instead. If they are applying to a standard age college, they will need to take the TMUA. Your performance will be considered alongside the rest of your application. TMUA: You must register for this in advance and take this at an authorised assessment centre. Written assessment: Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level in Maths. Recommended: take as much additional Maths as possible. IB applicants are expected to take IB Higher level ‘Analysis and Approaches’.
EducationBA (Hons)24%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.
Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Two pieces of written work should be submitted before the interview.No specific subjects required by all colleges. Recommended: one essay-based subject. Useful preparation: any combination of subjects from Arts, Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences.
EngineeringMEng14%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.
All applicants are required to take the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT). You must register in advance and take this at your local Pearson VUE test centre. Peterhouse may require STEP 2.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level Maths and Physics. Some colleges require A level/IB Higher level in a third Science/Maths subject.
EnglishBA27%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.
A written assessment will be required if you’re shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to all colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level in English Literature. English Literature and Language might be accepted as a substitute at some colleges. Typical entrants usually study more academically challenging subjects, like Maths or a language.
GeographyBA (Hons)25%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: at least 42 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.
Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. (Check course site as these requirements are to be finalised by July 2023).No required subjects by all colleges. Some colleges require: A level/IB Higher level in Geography. Useful preparation: Geography.
HistoryBA (Hons)32%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.
Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.
Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.No required subjects by all colleges. Some colleges require A level/IB Higher level in History. Useful preparation: History, English Language or Literature, languages, Maths.
History and PoliticsBA (Hons)21%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to all colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview.No required subjects by all colleges. Some colleges require A level/IB Higher level in History. Useful preparation: History, Government & Politics, English (Language or Literature), a language.
History of ArtBA (Hons)33%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.A written assessment will be required if you’re shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.No required subjects by all Colleges. Useful preparation: History, History of Art, English (Language or Literature), a language. Further guidance: Please note that subjects such as Art and Design are accepted but Colleges normally require A*/7 in an essay-based subject.
Human, Social, and Political SciencesBA15%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 44 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to all colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview.No required subjects by any college. Some colleges require A level/IB Higher level in at least one essay-based subject. Useful preparation: History, English (Language or Literature), a language.
Land EconomyBA18%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.No written assessment is required for applicants to Land Economy. Applicants to some Colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview.No required subjects by any Colleges. Some Colleges require A level/IB Higher level in an essay-based subject. Useful preparation: Economics, Maths.
LawBA14%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) will be required and you will need to register for this. Applicants to some Colleges are required to submit written work prior to the interview.No required subjects by any colleges. Useful preparation: English (Language or Literature), History, a language.
LinguisticsBA (Hons)36%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 44 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.A written assessment will be required if you’re shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to all Colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview.No required subjects by any colleges. Useful preparation: English Language, Maths, an Arts/Science mix, a language.
MathematicsBA33%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*. And grade 1 in two STEP papers usually required. However, if you’re a student with A*A*A*, you might only need one grade 1 in either STEP paper 2 or 3.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 44 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.All applicants made an offer will be required to sit a STEP in June. STEP grades required as part of an offer vary by college. Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level in Maths, STEP, and Further Maths (if A level student). IB applicants are expected to take IB Higher level ‘Analysis and Approaches’. Some colleges require: A level/IB Higher level in a Science. If you are applying for Maths with Physics you will need to have taken Further Maths (including section on Mechanics) or have taken A level Physics as well as Maths and Further Maths.
MedicineMB,BChir14%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*.
See here for all entry requirements for Graduate entry to the course.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 44 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.All applicants are required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) at an authorised assessment centre. You will need to register in advance. Trainee doctors must satisfy the GMC’s fitness to practise requirements, both when applying and throughout the course. Offers are also subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) check. Successful applicants are required to complete a confidential occupational health assessment – this will be included with your offer letter. Vaccinations against certain infectious diseases are mandatory. If you have failed or been excluded from a medical school previously you are not eligible for Cambridge Medicine. If you are under 18, you are not eligible.For A levels: Applicants are required to study Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Maths. Most applicants for Medicine have at least three Science/Maths A levels and some colleges require this and/or particular subjects. Cambridge does not include Psychology in its reference to Science and Maths subjects. For IB: Higher levels in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Maths. Competitive applications usually have Higher levels in two Sciences and Maths. Some colleges require this and/or particular subjects. If taking Maths higher level, we recommend Analysis and Approaches for the most competitive application, though Applications and Interpretations will also be considered. Relevant work experience is highly recommended.
Modern and Medieval LanguagesBA (Hons)46%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.All applicants are required to take the Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment (MML). Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to all colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview. These should be recent examples of writing completed for school, one of which should be in one of the languages you intend to study at University.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level in at least one of the languages you want to study.
MusicBA40%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*AA.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 42 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment if shortlisted for an interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Your performance will be considered alongside other elements of your application. Applicants to all colleges are required to submit representative written work (one or two essays on the history or analysis of music) and musical material (one or two technical exercises and/or your own compositions) prior to the interview.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level Music (ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at merit and above may be accepted as a substitute if A Level Music is not one of the three subjects taken).
Natural Sciences
(Choose Biological or Physical route)
BA/MSci21%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 43 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.All applicants (including those applying to mature colleges) are required to take the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT). You must register in advance and take this at your local Pearson VUE test centre.All colleges require A level/IB Higher level in Maths and two other Sciences (excluding Psychology). Useful subject combinations to avoid restricting your part IA subject choice (A level): Chemistry, Maths, Physics, or Physics, Maths, Further Maths, or Biology, Chemistry, Maths. The same advice applies to IB, Higher level subjects will satisfy the A level requirements. Those taking Higher level Maths and choosing either the Physical or Biological route are expected to take Analysis and Approaches. If this is not available and you’re choosing Physical, contact the college you’re applying to for guidance. If you’re not taking this module and you’re choosing Biological, taking Applications and Interpretations will be considered.
Psychological and Behavioural SciencesBA12%Typically ask for: A*A*A.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 42 points overall and/or grades 776 at Higher level.Some colleges may require applicants to take a written assessment. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to some colleges are required to submit written work prior to the interview.No specific subjects required by all colleges. However, applicants are usually expected to have taken an A level/IB Higher level in Biology or Maths. If not, applicants should demonstrate evidence of strong performance in GCSE Sciences. IB students who take Maths at Higher level are recommended to take Analysis and Approaches for the most competitive application, though Applications and Interpretations will also be considered.
Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of ReligionBA (Hons)42%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level.All applicants are required to take a written assessment if shortlisted for the interview. Registering in advance will not be necessary. Colleges will provide details to you. Applicants to all colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to the interview.No specific subjects required by any college. Useful preparation: Religious Studies, English (Language or Literature), History, a language.
Veterinary Medicine (You may enter a maximum of four courses in your UCAS application. Your remaining choice can be used for an alternative course to Veterinary Medicine without adverse effect to your veterinary application)MB19%Typically ask for: A*AA.
Majority admitted have:
A*A*A*.
Typically ask for: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher level. Majority admitted: at least 44 points overall and/or grades 777 at Higher level.All applicants (including applicants for mature colleges) are required to take a written assessment. You must register in advance and take this at a registered assessment centre. Your performance will be considered alongside other elements of your application. Trainee veterinary surgeons must satisfy the RCVS fitness to practise requirements, when applying and throughout the course. If you’re offered a place you must undergo a DBS check. You will also complete a confidential occupational health assessment, which will be included in your offer letter. You will also be assessed by OH at the start of the course.Applicants are required to take A levels in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths. IB Higher level in these subjects satisfy the entry requirements. IB students taking Maths at Higher level are recommended to take Analyses and Approaches, though Applications and Interpretations will also be considered. Most applicants have a minimum of 3 Science and Maths A levels (or equivalent) – and some colleges require this and/or a particular subject. If you’re taking Further Maths, contact your chosen college’s admissions office to see how it might contribute to your application. Work experience is not required but it is useful and 2 weeks are recommended.

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Please note:

  • GCSEs: Cambridge does not specify any GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to the aforementioned courses. However, Cambridge does consider GCSE grades as a performance indicator (within the context of the performance of the school/college they have been achieved at).
  • The table above is based on standard entry requirements at Cambridge for the following courses but it is important that you check your college’s requirements as they can vary e.g. some colleges ask for an A* in a specific subject.
  • English Language: If your first language isn’t English then you will need an English language qualification. See here for those accepted by Cambridge. The level of proficiency required will be at the discretion of the Cambridge college that makes you an offer. You’ll also need a reasonable standard of spoken and written English at the time of the interview.
  • Cambridge states that they accept equivalent qualifications to GCSE, A level, and/or IB. This applies even if you have a mix of qualifications. See here to find your required grades.
  • Submitted work: sometimes you might have to submit examples of written work – check your course and college page to know whether this is expected from you along with any assignment details. The college admissions office offers more advice.
  • If you are applying to complete your degree with a Cambridge scholarship, you will need to apply for this as well/separately, and you often need a reference.
  • Cambridge often asks you to check your course’s faculty page for more information.

Are you an international student? Check out Cambridge’s help page for international services where you can find your specific country of residence as well as the corresponding entry requirements.

Cambridge University’s postgraduate courses and entry requirements

Applying for a postgraduate course at Cambridge is completely different to applying for an undergraduate course. Cambridge considers a new set of criteria, and it varies according to the course. Have a look at the table below to check Cambridge’s entry requirements for your chosen postgraduate course:

CourseTitleAcceptance rateEnglish language requirement (if required)Grade requirementsSubject requirementsNecessary elements for your application
Advanced Computer ScienceMPhil20%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 107
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element).
You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK First Class Honours Degree (or equivalent).Ideally, applicants hold degrees in Computer Science. However, equal status degrees in Engineering, Science, Maths, or another numerate degree (where the applicant demonstrates significant relevant preparation for this course) will be considered.
Presumed: A level standard Maths or equivalent and programming experience.
You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, research proposal.
Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsPhD20%IELTS: 7.0
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK First Class Honours Degree (or equivalent).Usual minimum entry requirement: four-year course in Physics, Maths or Engineering, or a three-year degree with a one-year postgraduate course on advanced Maths and Theoretical Physics e.g. Cambridge Part III (MMath/MASt) is such a course.Entry is competitive and a higher level of preparation may be required for research in some subject areas. Having completed small-scale research projects makes your application competitive. You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, reasons for applying, research proposal.
Basics and Translational NeuroscienceMPhil11%IELTS: 7.0
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element).You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK good 2:1 Degree (or equivalent).Applicants should have or expect to obtain an upper 2:1 degree or equivalent at minimum in a subject relevant to the degree e.g. Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Psychology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Medicine, Statistics, Epidemiology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Maths, or another related subject.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, statement of interest, proposed supervisor, extra materials (widening participation).
Biological ScienceMPhil4.20%IELTS: 7.0
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK good 2:1 Degree (or equivalent).Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, statement of interest, proposed supervisor, project title, research proposal, extra materials (widening participation).
Biological SciencesBBSRC DTP PhD24%IELTS: 7.0
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK upper 2:1 Degree (or equivalent).Students are expected to attain their degree in relevant biological subjects. Applicants with physical science and mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions are also welcome to apply as this degree is interdisciplinary.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, statement of interest,reasons for applying, research proposal.
Cancer BiologyMRes + PhD2.6%IELTS: 7.0
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK 2:1 Degree (or equivalent). But this is a highly-competitive programme, so most applicants are likely to have a First from a well-regarded University – and students with a good 2:1 degree with additional relevant experience may be considered.Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, personal statement, research proposal.
ChemistryMPhil + PhD39%IELTS: 7.0
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants are required to have achieved a UK good 2:1 Degree (or equivalent).Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, experience, supervisors, statement of research interest, research proposal, extra materials (widening participation).
Development StudiesPhD + MPhil11% + 25%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK 2:1 Degree (or equivalent). The admissions committee considers multiple factors in addition to academic qualifications. Attaining the minimum academic requirement does not guarantee admission.Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, statement of interest, research proposal.
EconomicsMPhil25%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK high upper 2:1 Degree at minimum – average 68% (or equivalent). The Faculty of Economics has high academic requirements and many applicants meet them so Cambridge states that if you don’t meet their criteria it is unlikely you’ll be offered a place.The degree is expected to be in Economics and should include standard courses in: intermediate level Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics (a Business Studies, Accountancy or Management degree or qualification does not provide an adequate background).You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, details of previous study, research proposal. If your previous training has been outside of the UK, you must submit a GRE result.
In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to include supporting information of their ranking within each academic year – especially if they’re in the top 10% of their reference group and are from another educational system.
EducationPhD42%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit) Degree. If you are looking to complete this degree after completing the MPhil in Education or the Master of Education in the Faculty of Education are usually required to achieve a merit in their MPhil or MEd dissertation.Applicant’s Master’s degree is usually expected to be in education or a discipline related to the proposed doctoral research topic.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, proposed supervisor, project title, research proposal, personal statement.
EngineeringMPhil + PhD14% + 42%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 Degree (or equivalent).Most successful applicants have a background in Engineering, the Natural Sciences, or another related subject e.g. Computer Science or Maths. However, the department is diverse and may accept students with other backgrounds, like Management Studies or Medicine. If you are unsure about your suitability, ask your prospective supervisor before applying.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, proposed supervisor, research summary, reasons for applying, research experience, research proposal.
EnglishPhD + MSc + MRes36%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK Masters with a Merit (or equivalent).Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, sample of work (max. 5), research proposal.
FinanceMPhil + PhD17%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a UK Masters with First Class Honours (or equivalent).Applicants must have a degree containing significant economics material or quantitative components. Applicants should not have more than one year of work experience (between graduation and enrolment, excluding vacation employment and internships), though they can be considered for the PhD.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, research proposal. If you do have over one year of work experience, you can be considered for the PhD if you include a 1,500 word research proposal – demonstrating the ability to pursue a research-orientated academic career. Those without a year’s work experience should include a 500-word research proposal when they apply for the MPhil. No research proposal is required from students who do not plan on continuing to a PhD after the MPhil.
Finance and EconomicsMPhil22%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) a UK high upper 2:1 degree at minimum – average 68% (or equivalent). The faculty of Economics has high academic requirements but many applicants meet them.Applicants degree should be in Economics and included standard courses in intermediate-level Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. A degree in Business Studies, Accountancy or Management does not provide an adequate background. Cambridge specifies for this course that if you don’t meet the entry criteria it is unlikely you’ll be offered a place.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, details of previous study (details of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Maths courses you’ve taken/will be taking using the template). GRE (applicants with academic training outside of the UK must submit their recent GRE results), research proposal. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to include supporting information of their ranking within each academic year – especially if they’re in the top 10% of their academic reference group and are from another educational system.
Future Infrastructure and Built EnvironmentMRes+ PhD8.5%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 degree (or equivalent).Successful applicants require high-level technical engineering skills. Candidates are likely to have a background in relevant engineering disciplines (including civil, mechanical, chemical, manufacturing, electrical and information), or in any relevant scientific discipline (including materials science, earth science, and computer science), or in other relevant disciplines such as architecture, project management, and other cognate fields. Industrial experience is helpful but not necessary.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, research proposal, extra materials (widening participation).
HistoryMSt + PhD61%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK Masters with a Merit (or equivalent) and, at the very least, a high Upper Second-class degree from a UK university – usually 67% (or equivalent).Candidates for the PhD are usually expected to have a Master’s degree in a relevant subject. Occasionally, a student might be required to successfully complete one of the faculty’s MPhil courses before taking the PhD. Candidates are usually expected to have taken a substantial number of history courses at the university level and to have a sound background in the period covered by the course. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, personal development questionnaire, sample of written work (usually a thesis or one or two long essays that best represents your writing style and is roughly in the subject area you plan to research – without a minimum or maximum word count), research proposal (600-1000 words, applicants are encouraged to nominate a preferred supervisor and contact members of the faculty in advance of submitting their application).
Innovation, Strategy, and OrganizationMPhil + PhD13%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a UK degree with a First (or equivalent).Applicants are normally expected to have a degree in a Social Science or Humanities discipline – provided that said degree includes a significant social science component.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, reasons for applying (2500 character personal statement outlining reasons why you are applying for this programme), statement of research interest (5000 character statement describing your interests and a plan for the research you intend to conduct), research proposal.
Machine Learning and Machine IntelligenceMPhil + PhD12%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK degree with a First (or equivalent).Applicants are expected to have well-developed skills in engineering or a related technical area, in maths, and in computing.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, motivation for applying, brief statement of relevant work experience, summary of available marks, research proposal.
ManagementMPhil16%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a UK degree with a First (or equivalent).Applicants undergraduate degree must not be in a business or management-related major, and no more than three modules (at single or joint honours level) must have been taken for credit in management or business-related subjects. Business and management-related modules are available here.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, reasons for applying (1500 character statement explaining why you have chosen an MPhil in Management and how it could help your future career), research proposal.
Master of LawLLM + PhD29%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a UK degree with a First (or equivalent). A First in Law (or equivalent) is a minimum requirement not a guarantee of admission, due to the large number of strong applicants. Applicants will typically be placed well within the top 10% of Law students in their jurisdiction. In exceptional and rare circumstances, applicants without such a degree may be considered, provided they can demonstrate that academically they are within the top 10% of lawyers in their jurisdiction. This can be demonstrated through substantial relevant professional legal experience or having obtained a professional legal qualification with the equivalent of a First.Applicants are expected (at minimum) to have a degree in Law from a UK university (or the equivalent). Students may apply during the final year of their first degree in Law. Successful applicants studying towards a Law degree, other degree, or similar relevant qualification at the time of their application are likely to have an academic condition attached to the LLM offer.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, reasons for applying (5000 characters), research proposal.
Material Science and MetallurgyMPhil + PhD14%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 degree (or equivalent) prior to admission.Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, materials science – supervisors, research proposal (statement of your research interests and relevant experience with a few sentences on your area of research interest).
Medical ScienceMPhil + PhD9.5%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 degree (or equivalent).Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, proposed supervisor (you must contact a supervisor before applying), research proposal.
Metabolic and Cardiovascular DiseaseMRes + PhD9.7%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 degree (or equivalent).Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume, statement of interest (5000 characters), research proposal.
PhysicsMASt + MPhil + PhD44%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK high 2:1 degree (or equivalent). This course receives a high standard of applications, hence admitted candidates typically have a First in their degree.Candidates should have a degree in Physics and are required to have excellent working knowledge in core Physics courses including Quantum Mechanics, Condensed Matter Physics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Electrodynamics. Successful candidates would usually have studied courses similar to content to those listed in the part II undergraduate programme.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
research proposal.
Politics and International StudiesMPhil + PhD11%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a degree with a First from a UK university, or USA GPA of at least 3.85 (or equivalent).Candidates normally have a background in International Relations, Politics, Law, Economics, Security or History – however this is not an absolute requirement.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
research proposal.
Population Health SciencesMPhil + PhD39%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 degree (or equivalent). Students without the standard university requirements but with clinical degrees or appropriate and compensatory professional experience might be considered via Cambridge’s non-standard applicant route.Applicants usually have undergraduate experience in quantitative science or a degree in a health-related area, although other relevant experience will also be considered. Cambridge is looking for candidates with a clear interest in Population Health Sciences (PHS), clear commitment to a career in PHS, and a clear understanding of the contribution of the MPHil/MSt to applicants’ future career ambitions. Mathematical skills at the level of an excellent A level student are a minimum requirement for applicants hoping to study Health Data Science (HDS) – though most applicants are expected to have mathematical training that is more advanced than A level. Applicants only satisfying the minimum Mathematical requirement will have an undergraduate degree in a field relevant to the course. Some aptitude for and experience of computer programming is highly desirable for HDS applicants.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
Statement of interest (2500 characters), relevant experience, Maths and Stats experience, research proposal.
Public Health and Primary CarePhD32%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 degree (or equivalent). Those wishing to continue from an MPhil are required to achieve high standards across modules and the dissertation.Applicants are expected to have undertaken training or had experience in epidemiology, biostatistics or another subject relevant to their proposed topic of study. It is recommended that students without said background complete the MPhil in Population Health Sciences first. It is unlikely that students will be accepted without this level of training.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
statement of interest, proposed supervisor, research proposal. Applications are rarely accepted without a named supervisor. You need to identify a researcher who is willing to be your supervisor – who is working in an area of research that you’re interested in. It is recommended that you find out about research programmes within the department before contacting potential supervisors to find out the possibility of working with them/someone in their group.
Public PolicyMPhil + PhD16%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a UK high 2:1 degree or a minimum GPA 3.75 from a US university (or equivalent).Cambridge is seeking candidates with 2-5 years of professional experience. For exceptional applicants with less experience, they will be considered but it is very unlikely they will be admitted if they have not yet completed their undergraduate degrees.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
Sample of work (applicants are required to provide a 1,000 writing sample on a current policy issue which could be local, national or global, which clearly identifies its importance as well as how it could be tackled from a policy-making perspective), statement of interest (applicants are requested to provide a 5000 character statement of interest which indicate the reasons for applying and how this course will help their career along with relevant career experience), research proposal.
Real Estate FinanceMPhil + PhD15%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK high 2:1 (or equivalent). Normally students will have attained a First in their degree (or equivalent). Rarely, students with a high 2:1 degree might be accepted where they have relevant work experience or other compensating factors.Subjects are not specified but it is likely that your degree will need to be somewhat related. Contact the department to ensure your background is suitable.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
statement of interest (5000 characters), research proposal.
Stem Cell Biology (Wellcome Trust)MRes + PhD2.9%IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100
CAE: A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE: A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each element). You will need to provide evidence of your competence in English.
Applicants should have achieved a UK good 2:1 (or equivalent).Applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) a degree in a relevant subject area and have a passion for scientific research.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
Wellcome Trust – statement of interest, research proposal.
Strategy, Marketing and OperationsMPhil + PhD10%IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 110
Applicants should have achieved a UK degree with a First (or equivalent).It is expected that applicants have a degree in a discipline with a strong quantitative orientation e.g. Engineering, Economics, Operations Research, Statistics, Maths, Physics, Computer Science, or a similar course. Students are required to have a degree-level courses in calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics.You’ll need: two academic references, transcript, CV/resume,
reasons for applying (5000 characters), statement of research interest (5000 character limit), research proposal.

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