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If you’re a graduate with a first or 2.1 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 or apply for Architecture, History and Modern Languages, or History and Politics
  • some Colleges may not accept affiliate applications for other courses (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 HallSt Edmund’s and Wolfson) will also consider affiliate applicants for most courses as part of a second application round.

Further information on course structure, assessment, and awards (including guidance for those who already have a BA with Honours from the University of Cambridge) can be found on our Courses at Cambridge page.


As a graduate wishing to study Medicine you have several options:

  • you can apply as an affiliate student to the standard Medicine course (A100) (taking the pre-clinical component in two years instead of the usual three) to one of Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund's or Wolfson Colleges
  • you can apply to the accelerated Graduate Course in Medicine (A101) to Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish College, St Edmund's College or Wolfson College. This course is only available to Home fee status students.
  • you can apply for both courses (the Standard Course, A100, and the Graduate Course, A101). However, if you choose to do so, you must apply to the same College for both courses (ie Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund's 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 2021-22 for Home fee students taking a second undergraduate degree will be £10,998 for the year. Students taking a second undergraduate degree in Architecture, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine* will pay the regulated maximum fee of £9,250. You should allow for increases in subsequent years in line with inflation. 

The Universities Minister for England announced on 23 June 2020 that EU nationals (except Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland), other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in the academic year 2021-22. For most EU students commencing their studies in October 2021, their fee rates will be equivalent to the rates for international students.

The University will be able to provide further guidance about fee status assessments for EU students commencing their studies in October 2021 once the government announces amended regulations. Updates will be published on this website as soon as they are available. Please check the international pages regularly for updates.

Our international students contribute to making Cambridge a vibrant and diverse place in which to study and we continue to extend a welcome to those students. EU students should regularly check for updates here.

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. College fees for 2021-22 are published in the following document: PDF icon Undergraduate tuition fees 2021-22. See individual College websites for fees for 2022-23 onwards. Students with Home Fee status 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.


* Tuition fees for Home students taking a second undergraduate degree in Architecture, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine are capped and regulated by the government, with subsequent inflationary increases determined using the Office for Budgetary Responsibility forecast for RPI-X.