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Applying as a postgraduate

Most applications for postgraduate study are made through the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office. You will have the opportunity to name Fitzwilliam as your College of choice.

1) Apply for your course

You need to apply for your course via the University application portal.  All the information you need about the process is here

2) College Membership

After a conditional offer has been made by the University, the College will then consider you application.  After your College membership is confirmed your papers will not be sent on to any other Colleges and the College Membership condition will be completed.

3) Fitzwilliam Membership

Once you have membership at Fitzwilliam College, you will receive an email confirming your College membership. Then double-check that you understand what you need to do to meet each of the conditions of your offer.

When all is confirmed, you'll need to complete the membership form as soon as possible even if you don’t have all the answers to the questions.

You can apply for College accommodation once you have been accepted by the College. More information can be found about the facilities available here.


Tuition Fees and College Bill

Tuition fees vary according to the course and are collected by the College once a year, at the start of the Michaelmas term.

Fee rates

MAST degrees

Applicants should note that all M.A.St. courses are treated as undergraduate courses for fee purposes. Overseas students (and any others not eligible for public finance) are therefore  charged the undergraduate College fee in addition to the University Composition Fee and maintenance costs listed on the Graduate Fee tables

  • The College fee rate for those starting their course in 2021-22 will be £10,185.
  • The College fee rate for those starting their course in 2022-23 will be £10,694.
  • Students who are eligible for public finance do not pay the College fee (this is usually all Home students, but individuals are advised to check their own status).
Estimated costs

The estimated costs noted in the information provided by the University relate to the Maintenance level required.This figure is calculated by the University on behalf of all students. Students will have differing needs, but  no one should expect to live on less than the estimated amount.The cost of bringing a partner or children is in addition to this basic maintenance rate and can be calculated on the finance pages for each course .  

Fees are as published and not expected to change.

Fee status

The University has guidance on fee status, and there is further information provided by UKCISA.


The maintenance amounts quoted by the University are an absolute minimum estimate of  likely basic living costs and personal expenses. This includes rent/accommodation, food, domestic bills, books, travel around Cambridge, personal computer equipment etc. There may also be other additional costs eg fieldwork costs, additional bench fees, or equipment costs; these will be noted against each course.

  • Many research (PhD) students continue their course into a fourth year and its recommend that their budget reflects this possibility although they are not required to provide financial evidence for the fourth year. The estimated maintenance calculation does not include this additional year.
  • The maintenance sum required in all offers does not include travel to and from Cambridge.

When do I pay my fees?

  • The College collects all fees on behalf of the University.
  • If you are responsible for paying your own fees, you will pay the annual fee at the start of the Michaelmas term (Payment dates). 
  • Students starting courses in the Lent or Easter term will be charged for one or two terms in the first year, as appropriate.
  • External sponsors/paying bodies are charged annually on behalf of the students they support.