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How to apply

To apply for postgraduate study at Cambridge you first apply to the University for a place on your chosen course.  Once accepted, your application is then considered by a College.

The University’s Graduate Admissions website provides full details of the process, and there is also a YouTube video prepared by the University that you can watch.

The Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day takes place in November each year, and Lucy Cavendish takes a full part in this event.  For more information see the University's Graduate Admissions website as above.

We very much hope that you will want to join Lucy Cavendish College.  If so, you should name us as your first choice of college in your application to the University.  If for any reason we are unable to offer you a place, your application will be circulated to other Colleges.

All offers of a College place are subject to confirmation from the Board of Graduate Studies that you have met the conditions they have set you for entry as a postgraduate student.  These can include both academic and financial conditions. 

If you have any queries about the postgraduate admissions process relating to Lucy Cavendish College, then by all means email us at  However questions relating to your course of study are best directed to your chosen Department or School, and questions about the application process to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office.  Both will be pleased to help you.

Fees and funding

The cost of studying here falls broadly into two categories:

  • Tuition fees
  • Living costs (accommodation, food, study materials, personal expenses, transport etc.).

Tuition fees differ depending on whether you are a ‘home’ student (UK and currently EU) or an international student.  International student fees also vary depending on the type of course. Detailed information is available on the University website, which also describes Government support available:

Here you will find current information about postgraduate fees.

Living costs are lifestyle-dependent but are similar for both home and international students.  However, these will increase significantly if students from outside the UK stay in Cambridge during the summer vacation.

An average annual budget for living costs would be around £10,000.

You can find out more about accommodation at Lucy Cavendish College here

Studentships and awards for postgraduates

Help with the cost of your studies