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How to Apply

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) £70 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 the Application Portal. 

Upload Supporting Documentation

Applications should be made using the Graduate Applications Portal, all supporting documents should also be uploaded using the portal.   

Applications will not be considered by the Department until all the documents are uploaded, as the Graduate Admissions Office only releases complete applications to Departments. 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applications (i.e. those which have been missing documents for a considerable length of time) will be withdrawn by Graduate Admissions, and will therefore never reach the Department. 


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 of interest

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