Here is an overview of the different stages that a candidate will pass through during the complete admissions process:
Stage 1 - Application review
Once we have received your application it will be reviewed and a decision made regarding whether to shortlist you for interview.
We endeavour to complete this process within three weeks of the date your application is completed (i.e. we have received your application and all necessary supporting information including all three references).
We regret that, due to the volume of applications we receive, the Admissions Committee are not able to provide feedback on individual applications that are unsuccessful.
Stage 2 - The interview
If we decide to short list you for interview the admissions officer will contact you directly via email to let you know and to arrange the interview.
Interviews take place on a set day every month and in most cases the interviews will take place here in Cambridge. However in some instances it is possible for interviews to be conducted off site or via video or telephone. You can discuss this with the Admissions Officer once you have been shortlisted.
Interviews will be conducted by the MFin Director or other members of the Finance faculty. Candidates who attend the interview in Cambridge will get the opportunity to meet with faculty, MFin staff and have a tour of the facilities at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Please note that the Master of Finance attracts considerable interest, and the competition for places is intense. It is the policy of the MFin Office not to provide feedback on final interview decisions.
Stage 3 - Conditional offer
A decision to offer you a place on the programme will normally be made within a couple of days of the interview process. The initial offer is called a conditional offer and the following conditions must be met before we can convert this to an unconditional offer:
- Receipt of the first instalment of fees (10% of the tuition fee)
The deadline for this payment is one month after the offer is made.
- Receipt of completed financial guarantee forms
Students will be asked to complete a financial guarantee form and provide evidence of how they will fund the full cost of the programme. It is therefore very important to think about how you will fund the programme, and to apply early for any financial assistance if necessary.
- Award of a college place
Please note that each student offered a place on a degree programme at the University of Cambridge must also be awarded a college place. It is the responsibility of the MFin team to find college places for students and students should not try to arrange this independently.
- Satisfying any relevant verification or reference checks
The Admissions Office will conduct relevant verification or reference checks on a sample of candidates. This might involve calling one or both of the references in any application, or engaging a third-party to verify academic transcripts.
Stage 4 - Unconditional offer
This is the final stage of the admissions process. We will send you a letter confirming that you have reached this stage. Documentation for those who need student visas will be issued at this stage. A second instalment of 20% of the tuition fees is due by 1 June 2014 or when the unconditional offer is made, whichever is latest. Both tuition fee instalments are non-refundable.