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Does Cambridge consider extenuating circumstances in postgrad apps?

I know on paper all universities do but does Cambridge really consider extenuating circumstances in regards to home life/health issues (especially if your referees/university back it up)? Especially when 99.99999% of their other applicants are likely incredibly intelligent AND have an academic record that backs it up?
(edited 3 months ago)
Original post by cantbeblankk
I know on paper all universities do but does Cambridge really consider extenuating circumstances in regards to home life/health issues (especially if your referees/university back it up)? Especially when 99.99999% of their other applicants are likely incredibly intelligent AND have an academic record that backs it up?

It depends. They have to be confident you can keep up with the pace/level of education - there's no 'catch-up' classes, and for MPhils in particular, the pace is very fast and intense. There's no point offering a place to someone who can't show they can keep up. Health issues, disrupted undergrad because of operations etc are fine. Needing disability support is fine. But for PG, most people have been adults for 3-4 years, living away from the parental home for 3-4 years and so things like POLAR, FSM etc don't count.

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