Graduate Students

Darwin College is pleased to consider applications from students wishing to study for any graduate degree (PhD, CPGS, MRes, MPhil, LLM, MCL, MAST, MBA, PGCE, graduate diplomas, etc.).  Darwin College is therefore a wholly graduate college, and the College is not allowed to admit students studying for undergraduate degrees. Darwin admits students from all over the world and at present over 70 different countries are represented in the college.

Admission criteria

In general, the admission criteria of Darwin College are the same as those imposed by the Department of the University you wish to join. In other words, if you are offered a place by the Department, normally you will also have met the academic criteria used by the College. Please remember that Darwin gives preference to those students who nominate Darwin as their first or second choice college.  Please also remember that the earlier you apply, the better are your chances of securing admission.

Admission procedure

Graduate students wishing to come to Darwin must first be accepted by a Department of the University.  Applications for admission to University Departments are handled by the Student Registry, 4 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RZ. There are a few applications for Graduate Membership which are not handled by the Student Registry and these are listed in the Cambridge Admissions Prospectus. Once you have been offered a place in a Department, the Student Registry will send your application papers to the college which you have nominated as your first choice. If that college does not offer you membership, your papers go to your second choice college.  After that the Student Registry will direct your application to a third college which is determined by a complicated set of criteria. Please remember that once you have been successful in obtaining a place in a Department, the University guarantees to find you a college, though this may not be one that you have chosen yourself.

An offer of membership by Darwin College is conditional on you fulfilling all academic and financial conditions laid down by the Student Registry in their offer to you.

Further Information and contact addresses

For further information email:

Or write to: The Deanery, Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EU.

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