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Completing and submitting your MRes application

Applications can be made online or occasionally by paper application. Both methods of application are handled by the central University.

Please visit the University of Cambridge’s Postgraduate Admissions website to:

Apply online

Request a paper application form

All the instructions on how to complete the application are included during the online application process or are present at the top of the paper form.

It’s worth taking the time to read the instructions carefully as any mistakes in your application may make it invalid and delay the application process.

Funding deadlines

For those candidates who wish to be considered for Cambridge funding (from the Gates Cambridge Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust, and the Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme), deadlines can be found in the Funding Opportunities section of the University website. Note than an earlier deadline applies if you are a US citizen applying for Gates funding.

You must apply to all the funding sources shown on the application form, by stating ‘yes’ in the Funding section of the form.

Required supporting documents

Within your application form you will be able to upload the following documents. All of these documents (except English scores) must be uploaded by the application deadline. Please remind your referees of the closing date.

First academic reference

If you are a student currently on a Cambridge masters degree, please provide this academic reference from the member of faculty who knows your work best on your current degree.

Second academic reference


Please provide a transcript and certificate for all previous degrees. If you are currently studying for a degree, please also provide independent evidence of your mid-term marks or a provisional transcript.

Evidence of competence in English

See our minimum entry requirements

Sample of written work

Please provide one sample of your writing, no more than 25 pages in length (e.g. excerpts from a thesis), which has been assessed or peer-reviewed.

Personal reference

Please provide a personal reference if you are eligible for Gates funding.

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2021/22 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2022 will open in September 2021.


Funding available to our PhD/MRes in Management Studies students ranges from University of Cambridge and College scholarships to external research funding.

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