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Frequently asked questions

How do I find a potential supervisor?

Applicants are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor before proceeding with their MPhil or PhD application. You can browse the personal/group pages of the Research Group Leaders to check details of their research.

Is there a Postgraduate Open Day?

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day is usually held each year in November.  Keep up to date and join the mailing list: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events

Am I eligible to apply for admission?

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense. Like all departments in the Graduate School of Life Sciences, we require our graduate entrants to have:

  1. at least a 2:i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university;
  2. two outstanding academic references; and
  3. competence in the English language.

For full details see the Graduate Admissions website.

What are the costs of studying at Cambridge?

Information is available here.

Will I need to pass an English Language Test?

Competence in the English language is an entry requirement. For details please the Graduate Admissions website.

Do I need to have passed an English Language Test before applying?

You do not need to take a test before you apply. You can apply for your course and provide evidence at the later stage. Details can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

I am an international student. Do my qualifications meet the minimum academic standard required?

To check the equivalence guidelines for your home country please see here.

How to I apply?

Postgraduate applicants apply through the University’s Applicant Portal.

When should I submit my application?

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Please note that funding deadlines often differ to course application deadlines and you should check relevant deadlines very carefully. For detailed information on funding please visit the University’s Graduate Admissions website.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. There is an application fee of (GBP sterling) £60 for each application submitted. The Graduate School of Life Sciences has a scheme which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £60 application fee. More details.

I am interested in the BBRSC DTP Programme and the PhD in Plant Sciences. Do I need to make two applications?

Yes. Applicants need to make two separate applications. As part of a scheme within the Graduate School of Life Sciences you will only incur one application fee. Please see here.

How long will it take for a decision to be made?

The Department considers applications as they are received on a rolling basis and you should usually expect to hear about the outcome of your application within six weeks of submitting your completed application and all required supporting documents.

Will I need to attend an interview?

Yes. Interviews will be conducted in person or via Skype.

Who do I contact for any further questions not listed here?

Please contact the Graduate Student Administrator for any further queries: pgadmin@plantsci.cam.ac.uk