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Enquiries and applications


We realise that for many potential applicants, funding is a major issue. See Funding Graduate Study for information on costs and links to the University’s graduate funding pages. Please note that, if you specialise in Performance studies and choose the recital option, you will need to take vocal or instrumental lessons with an approved teacher, for which we recommend that you budget a further £1,200. Students specialising in Ethnomusicology may opt to carry out fieldwork, in which case you are strongly advised to make an additional financial provision of up to £1,000.  Small grants may be available to support these costs, but they cannot be relied upon to meet the total cost of lessons or fieldwork expenses.


Application deadlines are earlier for those students applying for funding.

  • Gates Cambridge (USA students): 11 October 2017
  • All other applicants applying for funding: 4 January 2018
  • Self-funded applicants: 31 May 2018

Applications must be made online and details of How to Apply can be found here. Please include a sample of your recent written work (c. 3,000, and no more than 5,000 words in total). Please also submit a summary in approximately 250 words of your proposed dissertation or extended essay topic.

Applicants who wish to specialise in Performance studies with the recital option should additionally include one or more audio recordings featuring a range of repertoire lasting approximately 60 minutes in total. Audio recordings cannot be uploaded through the online application system, but should be submitted directly to the Faculty through Dropbox, by sharing files with

Applicants wishing to specialise in Composition are asked to submit:

  • between two and four original scores which demonstrate the breadth of their work. (Candidates should submit recordings of some or all of these pieces in support of their application; in cases where a representative live recording is unavailable, midi realisations are admissible. Composers whose work is primarily electroacoustic may submit recordings of their works in place of scores. Audio recordings cannot be uploaded through the University’s online application system but should be submitted directly to the Faculty through Dropbox, by sharing files with
  • a Curriculum Vitae which should include a list of works and details of the candidate’s previous studies in composition.

If you live near Cambridge you may be invited to an interview; if you live elsewhere in the UK or abroad we can usually conduct an interview using Skype or by phone if necessary.

Further details of graduate life at Cambridge may be found on the University’s Student Registry website.

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