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The Magdalene College Arts and Humanities Essay Competition is open to students attending state-maintained schools in the UK, and who are in their penultimate year of education (Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland, or Year 13 in Northern Ireland).

The essay questions will cover the breadth of arts and humanities subjects offered at undergraduate level at the University of Cambridge. Questions are often multi-disciplinary, designed to encourage entries to consider the connections between various subjects, and to allow entries to approach the question from varying angles. Effective essays will present a clear argument supported by specific, relevant examples.

Submissions for the 2024 Essay Competition will open in early 2024. You can register your interest here to be notified when the essay questions are released.



Date and time

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 (6:00pm)


Year 12 (Y13 NI / S5 Scotland)
State school only



Deadline: Tuesday, 30 April 2024 (6:00pm)

Contact and more info

Natalie Thompson | Schools Liaison Officer | Magdalene College