A part-time degree is not normally available. However, those who have completed the part-time Masters of Studies Programme offered by the University of Cambridge at a standard equivalent to a first class degree may be considered. For the part-time programme, we require confirmation from an employer (where there is one) stating they are happy to allow the candidate sufficient time off throughout the duration of the course at times when the University requires the presence of the candidate in Cambridge. This confirmation needs to cover a research plan submitted by the candidate, stating when he or she proposes to be in Cambridge, at least during the first year. Part-time candidates also must have an interview with the prospective supervisor, in some instances in the presence of the admissions co-ordinator.
All applicants should note that they are normally expected to be resident in Cambridge during term time particularly, and that they should be able to attend the Department, their College, and meet their Supervisor(s) whenever required. You are, in short, expected to engage as fully as possible with the academic life of the University as a whole. The Department therefore reserves the right to reject applications where insufficient evidence has been given to satisfy this point. Overseas applicants should also note that visas will not be granted to candidates who intend to reside in the UK undertaking a part-time course of study.