When is the best time to submit my application?
Admissions will open in early September and close on 31 May. As demand for places is likely to be strong, we recommend you apply as early as possible. Early application also helps to assist with College placement and visa applications. Some scholarships also require applications to be submitted by earlier deadlines.
What is the deadline for applications?
We will not accept any applications after 31 May. Before this date, applications will be accepted until all available places are filled.
All three of your references must also be received by the 31 May deadline.
Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a non-refundable application fee of £120 payable at the point of application submission. Payment can be made by credit or debit card through our online application system.
Do you offer any application fee waivers?
We offer an application fee waiver for candidates who are serving in the military and candidates from countries receiving overseas development aid.
If you would like to request an application fee waiver, please contact the admissions team before submitting your application.
Do undergraduate internships count towards the minimum work experience requirement
No, all work experience must be post-graduation.
Do part-time jobs count towards the minimum work experience requirements?
In most cases no. If you are applying for 2023 entry you must expect to have at least two years’ full time, post-graduation work experience by September 2023.
Please tell us if there are extenuating circumstances which mean that you have only been able to work part-time or on temporary contracts, such as bringing up a family or caring duties.
How are references submitted?
Please nominate three referees – an academic, a peer and a supervisor – in the references section of our online application form. Your chosen referees will be sent an automated email asking them to submit your reference to us directly, via our online system.
I don’t want to tell my current line manager that I am applying for the MFin. Can I submit an alternative reference instead of the professional one?
We understand that sometimes it is not possible to ask your current line manager for a reference, in which case we are happy to accept a reference from a former line manager or supervisor.
Failing this, we will accept a reference from a customer, supplier or adviser with whom you work on a professional basis.
Do you have an upper age limit?
When do I need to submit degree transcripts and other certificates?
Please upload a copy of your degree transcript (front and back pages) in the academic information section of our online application form.
If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will require you to bring the original transcript certificates with you. If you are unable to provide the original documents, you must have copies authenticated by a public notary or lawyer who has seen the original documents.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will be asked to provide an original copy of your transcripts.
Please prepare these documents now. We sometimes invite candidates to interview at short notice. Transcripts should be written in English, or be certified translations into English.
Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a prerequisite for the Cambridge Master of Finance. If English is not your first language, you must have taken the recognised English proficiency test IELTS Academic or TOEFL in the two years before 30 September of the year you are applying for.
Full details of the tests we accept can be found in the ‘Apply’ section of our website.
We may, at our discretion, waive this requirement if you can provide clear evidence that your English is fluent. Visit the ‘Apply’ section of our website for more information and details of our minimum score requirements.
I want to do a PhD afterwards. Is Master of Finance the right programme for me?
The PhD requires a substantial amount of research methods training at masters’ level, which is not covered in the Master of Finance programme.
Candidates interested in an academic career should consider one of the School’s research MPhil programmes.
Would you consider my application if I do not have a degree?
We might consider applicants with special circumstances on an individual basis, they will need to provide evidence of sufficient academic ability to cope with the intellectual demands of the programme.
Our programme is intellectually demanding and the training received at the undergraduate level is considered appropriate preparation for masters’ level academic study.
Do you require a GMAT or GRE score as part of the application process?
The submission of a GMAT or GRE score is optional for anyone applying to the MFin. We assess the strength of an application based on all of the information the applicant provides us.
In some cases, a GMAT or GRE score can provide more information and potential strength to an application, particularly in cases where the academic score is borderline for our requirements or if the scoring of academic qualifications is unfamiliar to us.
However, we do not consider a GMAT or GRE score by itself as enough to accept or reject an MFin application and it cannot be presented as evidence of a strong academic record by itself. Please note we do reserve the right to request a GMAT or GRE score on the rare occasions where we feel it is necessary.