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How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • It is a requirement for applicants to hold at least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or a minimum GPA of 3.75 equivalent. (Please click here for country equivalent
  • For those whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied for a degree in an English language university, evidence of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component).
  • A desire to make a positive impact on public policy – whether in government, industry or the third sector, at a national or international level.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with 2-5 years’ work experience. Given the highly competitive nature of our admissions process, we strongly encouraged you to have at least three year's work experience before applying, however we consider all applications submitted.

Please note: If you are not predicted to achieve these academic requirements it is very unlikely you will be offered a place on the course as we receive a large volume of applications from very well qualified applicants. If you do not achieve the required English Language scores you will not be admitted.

Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who have been accepted or whose application has been rejected will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

Apply Online 

All applications are made through the Graduate Admissions Department Self-Service website. 

When you have completed the necessary preparation and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information before you create your application.

  1. There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your card details when you submit the online application.
  2. Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation which can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form - you won't be able to upload any documents with your application form, as you won't yet have access to your Self-Service Account (see below). 

Upload Supporting Documentation

Once you have submitted your application, you will be given access to your Self-Service Account. You will have 7 days from submission of your application to upload all mandatory documents.

Whilst Graduate Admissions do not immediately withdraw applications which fail to meet this deadline, it is particularly important that those who are applying for funding upload all their documents as soon as possible. Applications will not be considered by the Department until all the documents are uploaded, as Graduate Admissions only send them to us once all the documents are present. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding, even if you apply in time. We do not chase applicants for missing documents. 

Incomplete/inactive applications (i.e. those which have been missing documents for a considerable length of time) will be withdrawn by Graduate Admissions, and will therefore never reach the Department. 

A note about Funding Deadlines - you must apply before the funding deadlines, but you still have a week to upload your documents. So if the deadline is the 2nd and you apply on the 1st, you have until the 7th to upload your documents. 

Required Documentation

First Academic Reference
Second Academic Reference

Please see this website for information on who to nominate as your referees, and how they submit their references. 

Personal Reference
This is only required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


Please see this website for information on how to upload your transcripts. 

Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language

You do not have to have a language test certificate when you apply. Whilst this is preferable, this can be uploaded during any part of the application process - and if an offer is made, can be included as one of the conditions of admission. You can find the "No Current Language Test Form" on this website.

The same form should also be used when you wish to request a language test waiver - there is an option on the form for this purpose. 

An 800 word statement

This should outline the applicant's interest in public policy, why the applicant is choosing to study in Cambridge and where they see their career progressing after leaving the course

A 1000 word essay

This should detail a policy issue of interest , why it is important and how it should be tackled.

Your current CV