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That’s sounds very interesting. I have similar interests insofar as my intended research can cover that area. I focus on how policy can be made to accommodate and make the most of institutions (á la North) and social norms. I’m going to have to look into how well I fit in with the department. At the moment I’m applying to whoever has the best funding.

On the Japanese-UK grade conversion, this is what Cambridge says:
”University Minimum Requirement
Bachelor’s Degree (Gakushi) from a prestigious institution with an overall grade of 80, A, Excellent. Bachelor’s Degree (Gakushi) from any other institution with an overall grade of 90, S, A or Outstanding. Master’s Degree (Shushi) with a pass.

If the academic requirement of the course is a first:

Bachelor’s Degree (Gakushi) from a prestigious institution with an overall grade of 90, S, A+ or Outstanding.”

For the Politics and International Relations MPhil, you'd need a 90, S, A+, or Outstanding
(Original post by Doonesbury)
It tells you here :
https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk...qualifications
(Pick your country)



Edit: ah, Jgradschool put it up already :yy:
Thank you guys so much for the help! I saw that already, but my school is a little bit complicated in the sense that A is a 90+. I have a 3.91 GPA so I would assume it roughly translates into a first class honours. I am coming from an internationally less renowned university so it will have to depend on if they see me as a potential candidate. Is it advisable to email professors before and display an intent to apply or is that frowned upon? Sorry for asking so many questions, the support system over here for UK grad schools are not too spectacular.
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Just go online and fill in the form. There's no need to approach Supervisors for an MPhil. It think the PG open day is in November, but you can visit Cambridge and look around Colleges at any time.
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- Current University: Leeds
- Achieved (Expected) Grade: 1st
- Prospective Course: Mphil in Clinical Biochemistry (Medical Science)
- Prospective College: Any
- Fun fact/Extra Curricular activities: I'm Hate crime Support Ambassador for my union, Cardiac Ward Volunteer, Fluent in a few languages and love travelling and cooking!

I'm going to start a 10 week research placement with my lecturing professor relating to plants (not clinically related, but i'll be doing real research and using labs skills.
I'm curious as to how you guys are planning to fund your year at Cambridge? alongside the 10k PG loan, the (limited) savings and help from the parents.
Hoping to find a few scholarships but from what i've been looking at not many apply to me
What else do you think makes you an outstanding candidate?
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- Current University: Leeds
- Achieved (Expected) Grade: 1st
- Prospective Course: Mphil in Clinical Biochemistry (Medical Science)
- Prospective College: Any
- Fun fact/Extra Curricular activities: I'm Hate crime Support Ambassador for my union, Cardiac Ward Volunteer, Fluent in a few languages and love travelling and cooking!

I'm going to start a 10 week research placement with my lecturing professor relating to plants (not clinically related, but i'll be doing real research and using labs skills.
I'm curious as to how you guys are planning to fund your year at Cambridge? alongside the 10k PG loan, the (limited) savings and help from the parents.
Hoping to find a few scholarships but from what i've been looking at not many apply to me
What else do you think makes you an outstanding candidate?
I’m hoping that I’m competitive enough for funding, savings from work, the loan, and maybe some help from my parents. I’ve got dual nationality and there are a few niche awards that I can apply to that very few others will.

I think that with most people it’s not just a question of if you get in but if you get in and get the funding you need.

I feel like the PG loan is alright but doesn’t exactly give people that many options. The 10k basically covers tuition. I expect that for most people that means that they’d be able to do a PG course but they’d have to live with their family or with a significant other to save on rent and food, geographically handicapping people. For me that would mean going to Sussex. Conveniently, their department is fantastic within my field but Oxbridge is a better fit for my research interests.

With regard to making my application stand out, I would say commitment to research and a record of previous funding.
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I’m hoping that I’m competitive enough for funding, savings from work, the loan, and maybe some help from my parents. I’ve got dual nationality and there are a few niche awards that I can apply to that very few others will.

I think that with most people it’s not just a question of if you get in but if you get in and get the funding you need.

I feel like the PG loan is alright but doesn’t exactly give people that many options. The 10k basically covers tuition. I expect that for most people that means that they’d be able to do a PG course but they’d have to live with their family or with a significant other to save on rent and food, geographically handicapping people. For me that would mean going to Sussex. Conveniently, their department is fantastic within my field but Oxbridge is a better fit for my research interests.

With regard to making my application stand out, I would say commitment to research and a record of previous funding.
cheers for the response, much appreciated! yeah i really dont want finances reducing my ability to apply to unis (so i'm slightly overlooking finances ... maybe a stupid idea hahah)

aside from the research placement with my professor (10 weeks) , i dont really have any other research ... is the 10 weeks enough you think?

Also just another quick Q i'm aiming to do my masters straight after i graduate, (finished in July), but there isn't as of yet a Michealmas 2019 application. The Easter 2019 entry starts in April... Im not sure what to do
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(Original post by jamshaid102)
cheers for the response, much appreciated! yeah i really dont want finances reducing my ability to apply to unis (so i'm slightly overlooking finances ... maybe a stupid idea hahah)

aside from the research placement with my professor (10 weeks) , i dont really have any other research ... is the 10 weeks enough you think?

Also just another quick Q i'm aiming to do my masters straight after i graduate, (finished in July), but there isn't as of yet a Michealmas 2019 application. The Easter 2019 entry starts in April... Im not sure what to do
No idea about the application dates but I think that 10 weeks research should be great. I don't think that many people get the opportunity to have research placements.

Edit: Bare in mind I'm coming from a social science background
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- Current University: not a very well known university in Ukraine
- Achieved Grade: 1st
- Prospective Course: MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design
- Prospective College: Trinity and Emmanuel
- Fun fact/Extra Curricular activities: leadership position in uni, did volunteer work - mostly fundraising, participated in conferences around the country, published a few abstracts of my articles, have 2 Youthpass certificates, 1 full-fledged article published in a Canadian journal, almost 3 months of work at the design and research institute during the summer, enjoy photography and powerlifting

I applied last year for the same course, colleges and was unsuccessful. BUT I haven't graduated at the time, and I didn't have a valid language certificate. I chose the "I am planning to book an approved language test and will provide the result when it is available" option. This year I am ready to try again)

Who else applies for architecture?
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Bittersweet week. I got my 1st class honours confirmed and a job offer. Considering I'm graduating this month and have hopes of owning a flat in London one day I think I'm going to forego dreams of graduate study for that of home ownership.

Unless my job goes poorly, I don't think I'll be applying this year. Best of luck to all!
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- Current University: University of Cambridge (Research)
- Achieved Grade: First + MSc with Distinction (Imperial College)
- Prospective Course: PhD Biological Sciences.
- Prospective College: Jesus / King's College.
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(Original post by Marianne Evans)
- Current University: not a very well known university in Ukraine
- Achieved Grade: 1st
- Prospective Course: MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design
- Prospective College: Trinity and Emmanuel
- Fun fact/Extra Curricular activities: leadership position in uni, did volunteer work - mostly fundraising, participated in conferences around the country, published a few abstracts of my articles, have 2 Youthpass certificates, 1 full-fledged article published in a Canadian journal, almost 3 months of work at the design and research institute during the summer, enjoy photography and powerlifting

I applied last year for the same course, colleges and was unsuccessful. BUT I haven't graduated at the time, and I didn't have a valid language certificate. I chose the "I am planning to book an approved language test and will provide the result when it is available" option. This year I am ready to try again)

Who else applies for architecture?
Don't give up, I am also re-applying having been rejected after a successful interview in early 2018.
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Don't give up, I am also re-applying having been rejected after a successful interview in early 2018.
Thanks! So, since you are a current Cambridge student, may I ask you for advice?

My uni didn't teach us to write a research proposal, and I was lost when I started working on it last year. Perhaps, that's why they might have rejected my application. What kind of things should I avoid? What is necessary?

To be honest, I am also a bit worried about 1 thing. Could the age of an applicant be an issue for them? Because, I'm 20. And I graduated high school earlier than most people. Would that be suspicious?

Does the late application affect your chances of getting in? I applied in December 2017. Before funding deadline. This year I plan to submit application in early September.

Thank you in advance! It's amazing to talk to someone with first-hand experience!
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Age won't be an issue, and December isn't late at all. There's no point in rushing an application and chances are by applying in September all you are doing is extending your wait for 2-3 months.

A research proposal needs to pose a question and explain why this question is relevant or interesting or worth spending time on. It may reference the key points of literature on the subject, if relevant. It needs to suggest a methodology and why that methodology is appropriate on enlightening. It needs to demonstrate that you have access to the resources, can do the lab work, can speak the necessary languages etc. Then you need to propose a realistic timeline, that it can be completed int he appropriate timeline.
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(Original post by Marianne Evans)
Thanks! So, since you are a current Cambridge student, may I ask you for advice?

My uni didn't teach us to write a research proposal, and I was lost when I started working on it last year. Perhaps, that's why they might have rejected my application. What kind of things should I avoid? What is necessary?

To be honest, I am also a bit worried about 1 thing. Could the age of an applicant be an issue for them? Because, I'm 20. And I graduated high school earlier than most people. Would that be suspicious?

Does the late application affect your chances of getting in? I applied in December 2017. Before funding deadline. This year I plan to submit application in early September.

Thank you in advance! It's amazing to talk to someone with first-hand experience!
1. I didn't write a research proposal as the funding was secured in the form of a departmental studentship. Essentialy the strongest candidate would then be offered the project with the aim in completing it within 3-4 years.

2. No, age will have no effect on decision making.

3. As long its before the deadline. They only look at applications as a whole when they have been submitted and then considered after the deadline.

4. I work at Cambridge University as a Research Assistant having been unsuccessful at interview from both Oxford and Cambridge for PhD studentships.
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I understand that not every college accepts every subject right? Is there a list of subjects accepted by each college anywhere?
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I understand that not every college accepts every subject right? Is there a list of subjects accepted by each college anywhere?
For undergrad that's true, not so for PG.
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For undergrad that's true, not so for PG.
Oh ok (it is so confusing haha!) does every collage offer funding for every subject, or is that something I should be looking into?
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Oh ok (it is so confusing haha!) does every collage offer funding for every subject, or is that something I should be looking into?
No, far from it. You need to look into sources of funding, and look outside the College and the University (they are different things)
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Does anyone know whether we are able to apply for more than one programme?

If so, do we submit a separate application for each?
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Does anyone know whether we are able to apply for more than one programme?

If so, do we submit a separate application for each?
You can apply for more than one programme, but some departments disapprove and it's not usual, the expectation is you know what you want to specialise in. You have to submit separate applications for each. If you put different Colleges for different applications, you can come unstuck because you only get one College offer. So the first College offer is the one you have to take, even if you choose the other course you applied for (assuming you bet both offers)
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- Current University: Leiden University, The Netherlands
- Achieved (Expected) Grade: 1st (MPhil Linguistics)
- Prospective Course: PhD Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
- Prospective College: open
- Fun fact/Extra Curricular activities: Besides finishing my Master's degree, I currently work as a research assistant at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. Apart from research, I enjoy reading a good book or hanging out with friends. Oh, and I love music.

Edit: if anyone has any useful tips/tricks/information on funding for (international) students, please let me know!
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