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The University of Cambridge is a collegiate university and there are 31 Colleges affiliated to the University. All Cambridge students are members of a College and it is necessary to be a member of a College in order to be registered as a postgraduate student, whether full or part-time. A guide to Cambridge Colleges for postgraduate students can be found on the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website.


Application for admission as a postgraduate student is carried out by applying to the University and Colleges via the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Office and choosing up to two Colleges. University Departments and Faculties make the initial academic decision recommending admission. Colleges only receive applications once a formal academic offer of admission has been made by the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

The College generally admits students who are intending to take research-orientated courses so students applying for the MBA or other vocational courses will not normally be admitted.

A graduate of Trinity who is returning to undertake postgraduate study will be applying as a ‘continuer’ or ‘re-admitter’. If you would like Trinity to consider your application, you should indicated Trinity College as one of your College preferences. This is necessary for both new applicants and current students who wish to return for postgraduate study.

Full details on how to apply can be found on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

Prospective postgraduate students must read the University’s Course Directory which provides information on all course offered by the University, including entry requirements and course application deadlines. All course-related queries should be directed to the relevant Faculty/Department. Please note that there are separate application procedures for the Cambridge MBA and Master in Finance courses offered by the Cambridge Judge Business School, the PGCE and Master in Education courses offered by the Faculty of Education and for courses offered by the School of Clinical Medicine.

It is the College’s practice not to accept applications from students who have matriculated at another College in Cambridge or who hold an offer from another College in Cambridge, except via specific Trinity postgraduate studentships.

Current and former members of the College should refer to the College’s Postgraduate Admissions Policy for Members of the College.

Postgraduate Open Day

The next Postgraduate Open Day event will take place online in November 2024. The event is open to all those seeking to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

For further details please visit Postgraduate Open Day | Postgraduate Admissions (

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