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

Please visit the University of Cambridge's Graduate Admissions website to:

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 the Gates Cambridge Trust and are US citizens, the application deadline is 11 October 2018. All other applicants must apply by the departmental deadline of 3 December 2018.

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 closing date of 3 December 2018. 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  
Transcripts 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 2019/20 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2020 will open in September 2019.


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

Find out more about scholarships