We operate two main internal review deadlines for shortlisting and interviews. We continue to review applications beyond these two deadlines, but most offers are normally made after the first two deadlines, so early applications are strongly encouraged.

For entry in Oct 2021 the deadlines are:

3rd Dec 2020 (1st round)

4th Jan 2021 (2nd round)

Some offers from the first round would have been made before the 2nd round applications are considered.

Countdown to 1st round deadline


Your application must include a completed application form, both academic references, a transcript and a CV before we are able to consider it. Once you have submitted your application, please save a pdf copy of it (pages 1-4 only) and email it to along with your CV and transcript.

Shortlisting and Interviews

All candidates who are shortlisted will be invited for interview. Normally the interviews take place in-person in Cambridge, but for admission in 2021 the interviews will be conducted remotely.

We will arrange for interviewees to have a chance to talk to our current students and learn about research and facilities in the key departments where we are based: Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Engineering.

The first round of interviews will be held early-mid Jan 2021, and a second round is planned for mid-late Jan 2021 (after some offers from the 1st round have been made). Shortlisted candidates will be informed by email.