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Cambridge University Admissions 2024-2025: Application Deadline, Requirements & Costs

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Below are the University of Cambridge application deadlines:

  • 7 May 2025(tentative) is the University of Cambridge application deadline for MBA admission round 4.
  • Applications for admission in Oct 2025, will open in early September 2024 and close for all applications on 25 Feb 2025(tentative).

 

University of Cambridge Admission Process

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Q:   How can I get admission to Cambridge University for MBA?

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To get admission to the University of Cambridge MBA course, the applicants must meet all the below-given eligibility requirements:

  • An Undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of two years’ of work experience (Current average class average is six years’ work experience)
  • GMAT / GRE score
  • A reference from a supervisor
  • Ability to finance your MBA
  • UK Student Visa
  • Essay questions
  • English language requirement

Also Check: Top-Ranked MBA Universities in UK

 

Q:   Does the University of Cambridge take an application fee?

A: 

The University of Cambridge application fee for most international students applying for undergraduate course is £60. The application fee for postgraduate course will be between £50 – £75. For MBA course, the application fee is £165. For postgraduate courses, the application fee payment can be made online through the applicant’s portal of the University of Cambridge. It can be paid via main card providers Visa and Mastercard (Both debit and credit card for each). Right now, the university is not accepting American Express.

 

Q:   How to get admission to Cambridge University after 12th from India?

A: 

Note that at the University of Cambridge, Class 12 school leaving qualifications are not considered to be suitable preparation. Applicants studying towards Class 12 shall be expected on course to obtain grades at a very high level in relevant subjects to the course being applied to. The grades expected depend on the board with which applicants are studying and examples of typical requirements from some of the boards are given below:

  • CISCE and NIOS: Applicants will need scores of 90% or higher in five or more relevant subjects
  • CBSE: Applicants shall require five or more A1 grades in relevant subjects
  • State Boards: Applicants shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, applicants will generally require scores of 95% or equivalent in five or more relevant subjects

Applicants taking Class 12 school leaving qualifications from any exam board shall only be considered competitive if they are accompanied by some additional qualifications. In addition to a very high-level performance in Class 12, details about the typical qualifications and levels expected to be achieved are given below:

  • College Board Advanced Placement Tests: Offers for all Cambridge courses may be conditional on achieving grades of 5 in five or more Andhra Pradesh Tests
  • IIT-JEE (Advanced): Offers for Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences (Physical) may be made conditional on a rank of
  • STEP: Offers for Mathematics shall be conditional on achievement in the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP). STEP shall also be required for offers for other subjects, like Computer Science, Engineering, and Economics, where attainment equivalent to A Level Mathematics and / or Further Mathematics cannot be showcased by any other means. Note that all Mathematics offers shall have a STEP condition attached (including for the applicants taking Andhra Pradesh Tests or IIT JEE)
 

Q:   How much GMAT score is required for Cambridge University?

A: 

To take admission to the University of Cambridge, the applicants have to take either the GMAT or GRE. As such, there is no specific score range but the university’s current reported average GMAT score is around 687 with the median at 700  (Mid-80% range is 630-740). Note that the GMAT or GRE score must be valid at the point of application (scores are valid for five years).

 

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University of Cambridge Application Process

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Q:   How long does it take to hear back from Cambridge?

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University of Cambridge admission decision details are given below:

  • Undergraduate Courses: Students receive their admission decisions by the End of Jan.
  • Postgraduate Courses: Final decision on the application is sent to students by email. Alternatively, students can also track the progress of their application via the applicant portal. If the applicants have submitted their application before the general funding deadlines in Dec or Jan, then they shall receive a formal decision on their application by Mar-End. Majority of the offers are made in Feb and Mar.
 

Q:   What does it feel like to be an Indian studying at the University of Cambridge?

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As per a student review who graduated from the University of Cambridge, it feels like diving into Harry Potter world. Some of the great things that an Indian student will discover are: 

  • Formal halls for meals;
  • Wonderful architecture and history;
  • Multitude of departments; and
  • Large international and Indian crowd.
 

Q:   How to apply for University of Cambridge for LLM?

A: 

In order to apply to the University of Cambridge LLM course, follow the steps given below:

  • First of all, go to the course directory and find the course for which students have to apply
  • Then, click on the ‘apply now’ button on the course page (This will open the Applicant portal)
  • Next, register for an account or log in to the applicant portal
  • Once students are logged in, do the following: Create an application, request and track your referees, submit the supporting documents, apply for funding, indicate the preference of colleges, pay the application fee (if applicable), submit the application, and lastly, track the progress of the application
 

Q:   How to get admission to Cambridge University?

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In order to apply to the University of Cambridge, students must follow the application process as specified by the university. Undergraduate applications to Cambridge University can be made via UCAS, whereas, postgraduate applications can be submitted via the applicant portal of the university. Given below are the steps to apply for the University of Cambridge admissions:

Undergraduate:

  • First of all, choose a course
  • Then, check the assessment requirements
  • Then, select the college in the UCAS application
  • After this, submit the UCAS application. Soon after the submission of the UCAS application, the applicants will be mailed and asked to complete My Cambridge Application
  • The applicants who have been offered a place are invited to attend an interview
  • Lastly, the decisions are announced by the University of Cambridge

Postgraduate:

  • Firstly, look for details about a course
  • Then, check the deadlines
  • Next, register for the applicant portal
  • Also, contact the two academic referees in order to support the application. Their details are required to be submitted via the applicant portal
  • Next, research about the colleges
  • Then, apply for funding
  • Next, pay the application fee
  • After finishing writing the application, uploading documents, and paying the application fee, the application will be ready to be submitted
  • Most departments and faculty members will want to interview the applicants if their applications have been accepted

Check out the Documents Required for Admission in UK

 

Q:   What is the level of difficulty in getting into Cambridge University?

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The difficulty level at Cambridge University is quite high. As the acceptance rate at the university is between 18-21%.That means only 18-20 students are selected to get into Cambridge. However that dosn't mean it's impossible to get into the university. As Students should do certain things which helps them to get into Cambrisge. A basic suggestion is, they should highlight their unique experiences, interests, and perspectives which will help the examiner or the interviewer understand the potential of the applicant. Students must talk about experiences and challenges that they have overcome as that shows how the candidate takes tasks during tough times. But again, students must not over do things and boast about themselves in the mode of explaining themselves. As that gives total a negative impact on the student if done so. 

 

University of Cambridge Admission Data Undergraduate students

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Q:   What are some of the helpful tips for students starting their first-year at the University of Cambridge?

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University of Cambridge is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and students around the world desire to pursue their higher education here. Some of the tips for students starting their first-semester at the University of Cambridge are:                 

  • Be humble and interact with as many people as possible;
  • Attend as many as winter parties and formal halls;
  • Try not to miss out on the classes. University of Cambridge faculty is world-class so do not miss out on this opportunity;
  • Last but not the least, develop your personality. Try to embody Cambridge ethics in your body language and not only in your brain. 
 

Q:   How do Indians get into Cambridge?

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Indian applicants applying to the University of Cambridge are required to meet the academic as well as English language requirements in order ro secure an admission in the university. Given below are the University of Cambridge entry requirements:

Undergraduate Courses:

Indians who want to take admission to the University of Cambridge in the undergraduate courses must have completed Class 12. Apart from this, students must have the minimum scores or grades in the number of subjects as applicable to different boards. In short, if students wish to apply to a University of Cambridge undergraduate course, then they need to be studying towards a qualification of an equivalent standard to A levels and be hoping to achieve top marks in it.

Postgraduate Courses:

University of Cambridge minimum requirement for admission to postgraduate courses is a professional bachelor’s (at least 4 years) in professional subjects like Architecture, Agriculture, Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Computer Applications, Fine Arts, Engineering, Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Law, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Planning and Technology from any institution recognised by Ecctis OR Bachelor of Arts / Science / Commerce (3-4 years) from a well-ranked institute with an overall grade of 70% or CGPA 7.3 or higher.

 

Q:   Does the University of Cambridge accept international students?

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Yes, the University of Cambridge is a diverse international community and welcomes talented students from around the world. Currently, there are more than 22,000 students in total at the university, with over 9,000 international students representing over 140 different countries. Approximately 25% of undergraduate students and over 50% of postgraduate students are from outside the UK.

 

Q:   Do you need anything other than A-levels to get into Cambridge University?

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Yes you will have to be an all rounder. International students to stand out in Cambridge University admissions,  applicants should strictly focus on presenting a postive view of themseleves, beyond just academic A Levels. Students should highlight their unique experiences, interests, and perspectives which will help the examiner or the interviewer understand the potential of the applicant. Students must talk about experiences and challenges that they have overcome as that shows how the candidate takes tasks during tough times. But again, students must not over do things and boast about themselves in the mode of explaining themselves. As that gives total a negative impact on the student if done so. 

 
 

Q:   Which one is better - University of Cambridge or University of Oxford?

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Oxford MBA and Cambridge MBA are one of the best institutes in the world and in the world to do MBA programs at. The Oxford and Harvard MBA are on the top MBA universities in the world by QS MBA ranking in 2024. Both provide unqiue curriculum which foster students with great knowledge. Both of them are best ranked universities to study in the UK for international students. They offer the best Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme to students with better placement opportunities. Below is the comparison for Oxford MBA and Cambridge MBA:We have compared them below in terms of their MBA fees, ranking, and placements:

MBA Universities MBA First-Year Tuition FeesQS  Ranking in the World 2024MBA Placement Rate
University of Cambridge 
INR 57 L - 72 L
2

£ 92,501 (INR 98,35,151_)

University of OxfordINR 29 L - 82 L3 £83,410 or INR 88 L
 

Q:   Can an average student get into University of Cambridge?

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University of Cambridge is surely one of the toughest universities to get into. The University has just an acceptance rate of 18-21%, which means only 18-21 students can get into the university out of hundreds. Hence it could be difficult for a mediocre or an average student to get into University of Cambridge. However, it’s not impossible. The basic requirement the university asks for is a GPA of 3.0 or above from an accredited university and a good ELP score. Lastly, the Cambridge takes a holistic approach and doesn’t just consider marks but sees multiple factors in the student's profile. These factors include Leadership,  Work experience, essays, LOR and interviews that the students give during their admission process. 

 

University of Cambridge Admission FAQs

Q:   Is Cambridge University good for Finance?

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The Cambridge Master of Finance programme was ranked second in the Financial Times globally. Furthermore, this programme is one of the few Master of Finance programmes in which 100% of the class has existing work experience in Finance. Also, the Finance practitioners play a major role in the delivery of the programme – through seminars, teaching, skills workshops and involvement in projects.

 

Q:   How much does it cost to go to Cambridge MBA?

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According to the fees specified by the University of Cambridge itself, the fee for the MBA class of 2023/24 was £64,000. Also, the living expenses shall be approximately £17,668. The living expenses are based on one person living in Cambridge alone. Some of the scholarships that are applicable to students pursuing MBA at the University of Cambridge are: 

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship - MBA
  • Snowdon Cambridge Scholarship
 

Q:   How hard is it to get into Cambridge University as an Indian?

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According to unofficial sources, the University of Cambridge acceptance rate is between 18% - 21%. In short, getting into the University of Cambridge is extremely difficult. On average across all subjects, the university has itself stated that it usually receives six applications per place, but naturally, there is variation between courses. Generally, admissions tutors at the University of Cambridge consider all of the information available in the application before making any decisions. However, academic performance carries the greatest weight. In all, each application is considered individually and holistically by the University of Cambridge by analyzing all of the information:

  • Academic record;
  • Personal statement (sop);
  • School / college reference;
  • Any written work submitted;
  • Performance in any written assessment;
  • Contextual data; and
  • Performance at interview.
 

Q:   Which famous Indians went to Cambridge?

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Three Indian Prime Ministers studied at the University of Cambridge namely Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, and Dr. Manmohan Singh. Other Indians who studied at the University of Cambridge are:

  • Srinivasa Ramanujan: Indian Mathematician
  • Harivansh Rai Bachchan: Hindi Poet (Father of Amitabh Bachchan)
  • Prathiba Singh: Sitting Judge of Delhi High Court
  • Amartya Sen: Nobel Prize-winning Economist
  • Zia Mody: Indian Corporate Lawyer and Businesswoman
 

Q:   How can I get admission to Cambridge University for MBA?

A: 

To get admission to the University of Cambridge MBA course, the applicants must meet all the below-given eligibility requirements:

  • An Undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of two years’ of work experience (Current average class average is six years’ work experience)
  • GMAT / GRE score
  • A reference from a supervisor
  • Ability to finance your MBA
  • UK Student Visa
  • Essay questions
  • English language requirement

Also Check: Top-Ranked MBA Universities in UK

 

Q:   Does Cambridge University require IELTS?

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Yes, international students seeking admission to the University of Cambridge must have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English at the time of the interview,  and to be competitive, students should achieve the minimum scores in IELTS. Minimum score required in IELTS at the University of Cambridge varies as per course levels and the details are given below:

  • Undergraduate Level: Overall Grade of 7.5, usually with 7.0 or above in each element. Students can also submit TOEFL iBT (110, with 25 or above in each element)
  • Postgraduate Level: Varies as per course
 

Q:   Is Cambridge University good for MBA?

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University of Cambridge MBA is one of the most popular courses offered by the university and students across the globe desire to pursue this course. Mentioned below are some of the unique features of Cambridge University MBA:

  • Business school excelling in research and teaching;
  • Global companies recruit MBA students: 94% of the university’s the latest class was employed 3 months out, in 24 countries, with an average package salary of EUR 96,429;
  • Experiential, team-based learning;
  • Diverse, experienced and academically-abled candidates: University of Cambridge attracts the most able candidates – the mean average GMAT score for the MBA current class is 690;
  • Interpersonal skills will also be developed; and
  • Students shall also become skilled in the practice of management and core business principles in a global context.

Know more about studying MBA in UK for Indian Students

 

Q:   How can I get admission to Cambridge for LLM?

A: 

To take admission to Cambridge University LLM course, students are required to meet the below-given entry requirements:

  • Minimum academic entry requirement: A first class degree in Law from a UK university or its equivalent from an overseas institute. This means students will typically be placed well within the top 10% of law students in their jurisdiction
  • A proof of English language ability: IELTS (7.5 overall, with 7 in each of the individual sections) or TOEFL (110 overall, with at least 25 in each section)
  • Proof of nationality
  • Financial document

Also Read: Masters of Law in UK

 

Q:   Is Cambridge good for LLM?

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The Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge offers a world-renowned, internationally respected LLM program. This course offers highly qualified and intellectually outstanding students the opportunity to pursue their legal studies at an advanced yet supportive environment. LLM course at the University of Cambridge attracts students of the highest caliber, from both common and Civil Law jurisdictions.

 

Q:   Can Indian students get scholarship in Cambridge University?

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Yes, some of the scholarships for which Indian students are eligible to study at the University of Cambridge are given below:

  • Gates Cambridge: This scholarship is applicable for students studying at the Master's and PhD levels. The award value is GBP 30,000 - GBP 60,000 (annual)
  • Cambridge Trust Scholarship: All scholarships under this are available only for study at the University of Cambridge. It requires the students to apply to the university through normal application form and as per the relevant deadlines. Note that the trust does not offer full-cost scholarships for MBA and MFin programmes
 

Q:   Who is eligible for Cambridge Master in Finance?

A: 

In order to study Master in Finance at the University of Cambridge, the following given minimum requirements have to be met:

  • Undergraduate academic achievement: At least a high UK 2:1 or equivalent. Any degree subject is potentially eligible. However, if students did not study a finance-related subject at the undergraduate level, on rare occasions, students may have to submit GRE or GMAT score to show their quantitative ability. Indian students are advised to check the minimum requirements as the grades required for the MFin are likely to be higher than the minimum 2:1 equivalent mentioned on the university’s website
  • Professional Experience: A minimum of two years’ graduate work experience in a Core Finance or Finance-related role
  • English language proficiency: IELTS (7.5 with no element below 7.0), or TOEFL (110 with no element below 25), etc.
  • Maths and Stats proficiency: A willingness to reach the required level of Maths and Statistics
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Three references: an academic reference, a supervisor reference, and a peer / team member reference
 

Q:   What is the fee of Cambridge University in Indian rupees?

A: 

Cambridge University fees for Indian students for some of the popular programs can be checked from the table given below: 

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
M.Phil (139 courses)
INR 28 L - 42 L
MS (7 courses)
INR 25 L - 36 L
BA (18 courses)
INR 22 L - 38 L
BE / BTech (9 courses)
INR 34 L - 38 L
LLM (3 courses)
INR 26 L - 40 L
MBA/PGDM (1 course)
INR 69 L
M.Arch (3 courses)
INR 32 L - 39 L
MBBS (1 course)
INR 64 L
MIM (1 course)
INR 55 L
MSN (1 course)
INR 30 L

Living Costs

  • Undergraduate: In 2023-24, the minimum estimated resources required in Cambridge for the year (excluding tuition and college fees) is around £12,400, depending on the lifestyle
  • Postgraduate: For 2023/24, the minimum cost of living is £17,668. This sum is budgeted to cover food, rent / accommodation, domestic bills, books, travel around Cambridge, personal computer equipment, etc. Other additional costs may also be applicable as per the course

Read: Cost of Living for International Students in UK

 

Q:   Does the University of Cambridge take an application fee?

A: 

The University of Cambridge application fee for most international students applying for undergraduate course is £60. The application fee for postgraduate course will be between £50 – £75. For MBA course, the application fee is £165. For postgraduate courses, the application fee payment can be made online through the applicant’s portal of the University of Cambridge. It can be paid via main card providers Visa and Mastercard (Both debit and credit card for each). Right now, the university is not accepting American Express.

 

Q:   What is the average GMAT score for Cambridge Master in Finance?

A: 

Note that the submission of a GMAT or GRE score is optional for those applying to Master of Finance of the University of Cambridge. The university evaluates the applications based on all of the information provided by the applicants including the application, references, and transcripts. However, in some cases, GMAT or GRE score can provide more information and potential strength, especially in those cases where the academic score is on the borderline or if the scoring is unfamiliar to the university.

 

Q:   What is a perfect University of Cambridge Application like?

A: 

 A perfect application means exceptional academic achievment, intellectual excitement, and a strong values and mission on goals. A perfect appliction showcases an outsanding academic performance, often including with top grades and standardized scores. But Cambridge just dosn't accept students by grades as it sees students beyond academic, the ideal applicant showcases extracurrcular acitivies, reasearch, passion for learning and projects that are unique in it's own. 

Moreover, a standout application means that it also conveys a unique story that makes the applicant very different and unqiue from other applicants. This could be through personal essays, Recomendations and many more. Cambridge University wants students who will contribute meaningfully to the university showcasing a good leadership, commitment and engagement. Hence this is what is a good or a perfect application like. 

 
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