MA degree

MA degree

Any student who graduated with a BA is entitled to take the Master of Arts (MA) degree, six years and one term after they matriculated, provided that at least two years have passed since their BA degree was awarded.

The MA can be taken in absence on these dates.

How to apply

In January, the Degree Officer will email all those who become eligible in the following Lent Term with details and information about to apply online - so it is essential that you please make sure that the College's Development Office has up-to-date details of your email address. Please note: we do not send out hard copies of this information; all contact is via email, so if we do not have a valid email address for you, you will miss out.

More information on these procedures will be sent to you when you become eligible. If you think you are eligible but have not been contacted, or if you took your BA many years ago and decide you now need the MA, please contact the Degree Officer on 01223 332084 or via email.

Once an application has been made, further details - including details of academical dress - will be sent to you nearer the ceremony date. There is an optional evening meal in College after the afternoon ceremony at £40 per head for graduands and one guest. There will also be limited accommodation available for that night only, at the price of £63.50 for a single, or £90.50 for a twin room including breakfast. Rooms must be vacated by 9.30am on Sunday 24 March. 

If you wish to attend the evening meal or book accommodation, you will need to book and pre-pay when you register to graduate. There are restrictions on numbers in the Senate House and we can only offer each graduand a maximum of two tickets for guests at the actual degree ceremony.


Senate House Tickets

Graduands do not need tickets for themselves. We are normally able to issue each graduand with two guest tickets for the Senate House for family and friends. Children may attend, though please be aware that General Admission is a very formal ceremony. Those with very young children are advised to sit near to the door. Please note that there is no parking near to the Senate House.


If you apply for the degree in absence, the degree certificate will be sent to you shortly after the ceremony date.

Administration charge for MA Degree

£30.00 (Matriculation 1969 or later)

£35.00 (Matriculation 1968 or before)

Dress for the Degree Ceremony

Please read the College's guidelines for dress at degree ceremonies.

More information

The University website provides more information on Cambridge Degree Ceremonies.