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Postgraduate Admissions

How to apply

Applying within funding deadlines

If you would like to be considered for Cambridge University financial support and scholarships, you must make sure your application is submitted by the University funding deadline of Thusrday 3 December 2020

To apply for an MPhil or PhD in Chemistry use the University of Cambridge online Applicant Portal. To complete the submission you will need to have details of your referees, academic transcripts, CV, and an English language proficiency documentation (if required) ready to upload. 

The first task before completing your online application is to identify one or more prospective supervisors whose research area interests you.  If you do not indicate a prospective supervisor(s) your application will be severely delayed. To see who is accepting students please look at the tables on either the PhD or MPhil pages.

We encourage you to correspond with potential supervisors early and well in advance of submitting your application. The Postgraduate Admissions Open Day is a good opportunity to make connections, as many of the academic supervisors attend to give talks and meet prospective students.  Our experience is that most successful applications come from people who have researched what they want to study and with whom. Although success in the application process cannot be guaranteed, a well-researched, focused and thoroughly written application is the expectation.

Applications that are incomplete, lacking one or more academic references by the University deadline will not be considered.

Applying after funding deadlines

Applicants who do not wish to apply for funding may apply at any time until  30th June 2021 for PhD and 30th April 2021 for MPhil. We suggest that you apply at least 14 days before these deadlines in order that we can process your applications in a timely fashion.

To avoid disappointment, it is strongly recommended that you contact your preferred supervisor in advance of submitting an application to see whether they are still willing to consider applications as places are limited and may already have been filled.