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How To Apply

There is no typical Music student at Cambridge. While entry to Cambridge is certainly competitive, if you are among the brightest students in your school or college, if you are really interested in music, and if you are on course to achieve top grades in your forthcoming exams, you should definitely consider applying. You are likely to be a serious candidate.

We welcome and warmly encourage applications from talented students from every educational and social background. We seek students with diverse casts of mind, and diverse personal, ethnic, educational, and geographical backgrounds. What we all share is intellectual curiosity, and delight in the subject. Our Students have initiative in solving puzzles or finding topics for enquiry for themselves. They have the capacity to manage the independent parts of their studies, and meet their deadlines.


In Cambridge, admissions are handled by individual Colleges, so you should consult the webpage of the College to which you would like to apply (or to which you are assigned, if you make an Open Application) for further details. 

For general guidelines, advice, and deadlines, please visit the University's Undergraduate Admissions pages:


Before coming to interview you will be asked to submit representative written work and musical material. This will normally include:

1.     One or two essays on the history or analysis of music; and

2.     One or two technical exercises (if studied) and/or your own compositions.

At interview, you will normally be asked to comment on a piece of writing about music and a score. You should also be prepared to discuss your musical experience and interests.  We do not expect you to excel in all areas; rather we use the interview to form an impression of your skills and capabilities as well as your potential to develop further as a student within the context of the music course at Cambridge. 

In addition to these standard requirements, a number of colleges set further tests, which might include aural, keyboard, harmony, and essay-writing exercises, as well as the option to perform. For further details of interview arrangements at individual colleges, see the links below: