Official CAMBRIDGE 2019 Postgraduate Applicants thread Watch
Applications made on a rolling basis doesn't mean that decisions are, ie that the decision rate matches the application rate. It means that your application is read as it comes in, but unless it is without merit, or completely stellar, then they won't make a decision until spring when they can see what the whole cohort strength is. There's no real advantage in applying before Christmas unless there is a funding deadline.
I guess I should have figured out when they said 'considered' and not 'decided'.
It depends. I contacted my potential supervisor at Cambridge in February and he replied with 2 hours. I then went to his office and we had a discussion on my research proposal. He revised my proposal several times, and asked me to submit the application in September to make sure I have the opportunities to get a funding. But when I contacted another professor at Oxford, it takes one week for her to reply to my email. But her email did not show much interest in me and my research topic.
My suggestion would be to wait for one or two weeks and then send a gentle reminder to the professor. You could say that you revised the proposal a little bit and would like to send to him/her an updated version.
How did you identify a potential supervisor? I'm applying for an MPhil and my department (Judge Business School) has a list of faculty but doesn't stipulate which of these are supervisors. I've seen that other departments have dedicated lists for potential supervisors so does Judge perhaps try to deter students from contacting faculty?
I am in the process of submitting my application but the funding personal statements take ages to do. Can I just submit the same one for Gates Cambridge and the Cambridge Trust? Has anyone else done this? Also when they say I have to list the scholarships I am eligible for in the Trust section, do I actually need to list all of the ones from colleges, that I can also find on the funding search website, or is that something else? Sorry I never studied at Cambridge and this is all very new to me.
is anyone also applying to oxford? and if so, how drastically are you changing your research proposal if at all? (I specifically am applying for an MSt/MPhil in History)
It doesn't mention it in the Apply section (or a motivational letter for that matter), but I know from past forums that they have interviewed for the course.
And in this case it would then be better to apply earlier to get an earlier interview?
Well, firstly, what are you applying for? I looked back, but didn't see you mention it anywhere.
I'm looking to apply for MPhil Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence.
I would have thought they'd include whether they usually interview or not for prospective applicants, like Oxford have for MSc Statistical Sciences.
No problem! I'm in my final year of studying a BA in English and Linguistics, and I have a particular interest in phonetics. Cambridge is one of my top two choices for my Master's and I'm hoping to go into doctoral research after completing my MPhil, if all goes well!
Best of luck!
I applied in early September and my application is now awaiting approval from the GAO, which from what I've read is good news, but still I don't want to get too excited yet. I think they look at them on a rolling basis for development studies