If you’re a graduate who achieved a first or upper second class Honours (or equivalent) in an approved undergraduate degree from another university, you can apply to take a second undergraduate degree at Cambridge.
If you wish to take the Cambridge course in a year less than usual, you would apply as an ‘affiliate’ student. This means you could take a degree in a year less than usual, in most cases starting the Cambridge course at the beginning of Year 2.
Please note there are some restrictions:
- affiliate students cannot make an open application
- it’s not possible to study Architecture as an affiliate student (in a year less than usual). If you already have an approved degree and would like to study Architecture you must apply to study the full three-year undergraduate Architecture course
- some Colleges may not accept affiliate applications (see College websites for details)
- only Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s and Wolfson Colleges consider affiliate applications for Medicine (see below) and Veterinary Medicine
Not all applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree will be considered for an affiliate place. You're advised to contact the College you're considering applying to in order to ensure they accept affiliate students in the course you're interested in and to seek guidance about whether or not you may be eligible to apply for an affiliate place.
To apply to the University, you need to submit a UCAS application online, affiliate students must choose a College; open applications aren't possible. Applicants from outside the EU will also need to complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA).
The standard deadline for receipt of applications is 15 October. However, the mature Colleges (Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s and Wolfson) will consider affiliate applicants for some courses as part of a second application round.
As a UK/EU graduate wishing to study Medicine you have two options:
- you can apply as an affiliate student to the standard Medicine course (A100) to one of Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s or Wolfson Colleges; and/or
- you can apply for the Graduate Course in Medicine to one of Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish or Wolfson Colleges. The Graduate Course in Medicine is only available to UK/EU students and there's an additional application form for this course
If eligible, you may apply for both courses (the Standard Course, A100, and the Graduate Course, A101) if you wish. However, if you choose to do so you must apply to the same College for both courses (either Lucy Cavendish or Wolfson).
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home fee status students taking a second undergraduate degree may be different to the standard Home fee. Tuition fees in 2017-18 for Home fee students taking a second undergraduate degree will be £9,771 for the year (£9,250 for Architecture, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine). You should allow for increases in subsequent years in line with inflation. The fee status of EU nationals for 2018 onwards has yet to be determined by the UK government. EU students should regularly check for updates.
If you’re from outside the EU (including Islands students, from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man), see the International fees and costs for details.
Students studying for a second undergraduate degree normally have to pay a separate College fee (which covers the cost to your College of providing a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support). Annual College fees vary between Colleges and in some cases may be fixed for the duration of your course. The fees in 2017-18 range between £6,580 and £12,264: see individual College websites for fees for 2018-19 onwards. Students from the UK/EU who are studying for a second degree in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Architecture don't normally have to pay a separate College fee.
You should allow for annual increases to tuition and College fees, and note that there’s very little financial support available. Annual increases will be determined by various factors (eg cost of delivering educational and related student services, changes in government and other funding), and will usually be in line with the prevailing UK rate of inflation.