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What happens next

Here's an overview of the stages in the admissions process:

Stage 1 - Receipt of application

Once the admissions team has received an application and the supporting documentation, the applicant is notified if she/he has been shortlisted for a Skype interview with the Programme Director. The purpose of the interview will be to further gauge the candidate's suitability for the programme.

Stage 2 - Application review

The programme's Admissions Committee makes a recommendation about the applicant, and this is submitted to the CJBS Degree Committee for approval.

Stage 3 - Conditional offer

When an applicant is successful, the Registry Manager of the Institute of Continuing Education will issue a formal offer letter. The offer of a place on the programme will tend to come with conditions attached. These might be financial (proving that the applicant has the funds to needed to pay for the programme), language related (proving that the applicant's English language skills are proficient), and/or academic (submitting original documents). It is the applicant's responsibility to meet these requirements and provide the necessary evidence.

Stage 4 - College membership

The offer will also be subject to the applicant obtaining College membership. The request for membership to the applicant's College of choice is done by the programme Manager. Contact the programme if you would like to talk about College choices prior to submitting your application.

Stage 5 - Admission into the programme

This is the final stage of the applications process. Once you have met all the conditions and have the offer of a College place, you will be notified that you may begin your programme at the start of the academic year. At this stage you can start making arrangements such as visa, travel and accommodation.

Admission of students into our programme is a rolling process, and therefore we welcome and encourage an early submission of applications.

The duration of the selection process will vary depending on committee meeting dates typically standard applicants can expect to hear if they have been shortlisted for an interview within six weeks of submitting an application. Then, if successful, a conditional offer would normally be sent to the applicant within eight weeks of attending the Skype interview. Please note that this is only an average timeline to be used for reference.


The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation is offering financial support to MSt in Social Innovation students. You may also be eligible for other sources of funding.

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