Graduate Students

Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day - Friday 6 November 2020

Owing to the pandemic, the 2020 Postgraduate Open Day will be run online.

For those of you who are new to Cambridge, the Postgraduate Open Day is an opportunity to find out more about the University, departments and Colleges, enabling you to get a feel for our wide-ranging postgraduate community as well as having the chance to meet staff and interact with current students.

Bookings for the Postgraduate Open Day will open later this summer.   If you have any queries about the event please email: or go to


Admission criteria

Darwin College is pleased to consider applications from students wishing to study for any graduate degree.   Darwin is a wholly postgraduate college and does not admit students studying for undergraduate degrees.   We admit students from all over the world and at present over 75 different countries are represented in our student body.    If you would like to speak to a current member or a Darwinian in your field of research about the College please email the Dean at

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.

*Darwin does not currently admit MASts in Astrophysics, Materials Science and Physics.


There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.

EU students applying to start at the University in 2020 will remain eligible for the Home fee rate for the duration of your course.  In addition, there is no change to the eligibility requirements for financial support from Student Finance England for those starting courses in 2020/21. Read the full announcement here:

The fee status of EU nationals for 2021 entry onwards has yet to be determined by the UK government.

Further information is provided here:

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.

Visiting students

Darwin welcomes applications from graduate students who are visiting Cambridge as part of their studies elsewhere, particularly overseas.  Persons seeking membership as Visiting Members should apply directly to the Dean,

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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