Official Cambridge Postgraduate Applicants 2021 ThreadWatch
Need more help on going postgrad?
For people who've applied before, how long/ when do you normally get any update on the application? And do they conduct interviews for all programmes? I'm thinking of applying for another programme at a different uni as a backup/ alternative but would prefer holding on for a bit if I am able to
- Current University: KCL
- Current Course: BSc Politics
- Achieved (or Expected) Grade: Expected First (72% first year, 70% second year)
- Prospective Course: MPhil Development Studies
- Other universities you’re applying to: Might apply to LSE and UCL
- Hobbies/Extra-curriculars (adding this one): I volunteer and work with different NGOs since I am 15, working in the community of which I'm native to, I also love reading/writing about Latin America (born and raised), and I train dogs!
Usually they get back to you within six weeks but response time really differs across departments. I applied to the department of sociology, sent in my application in December, was informed in February that my application has been put on hold and that I'll be given a final decision in May. Then I got my offer in May, after 24 weeks. That was the longest I'd heard ever though, so unless you get the waitlist email like I did, six to eight weeks would be the norm. However, they might get to applications after the December deadline so an expectation by February week 1 sounds more than fair.
That's good to know, thank you!
I think since my last course was in 2014, I am able to provide only professional references. This is what they say in the program requirements:
We understand that many applicants have been out of the formal education space for a considerable amount of time. If this is the case, we will accept two professional references. As a guideline – we would expect at least one academic reference if five years or less has passed since graduating from your last academic course.
I am so glad I read this here. Makes me feel way better! .. Have you double checked though with anyone from admissions?
Here is a bit about me:
I am actually an Architect, and got my MA degree in 2014 from Oxford Brookes University in International Architectural Regeneration and Development.
- Achieved : Excellent in Bachelors and Merit in the Masters
- Prospective Course: PhD in Architecture
- Other universities you’re applying to: Focusing all my efforts on Cambridge - but planning to apply to Bath as well.
I am currently at the stage of contacting a supervisor.. ! ... So excited to start this journey!...
I don't really know, but how it's written on the website (for both of our courses) is that it is done in batches. Therefore, there doesn't seem much of a disadvantage not applying September/October. I really won't be able to apply until November.
What the website says:
"Applications are considered in two batches; firstly after the 3rd December and then after the application deadline of 28th February. It is possible that some applications from the first batch are held for consideration in the second batch. This route may fill up well ahead of the advertised closing date. You are advised to apply by the December deadline if possible. Interviews are conducted in person or via Skype."
Perhaps someone familiar with the Faculty of Education admissions will see this and enlighten us?