Frequently Asked Questions

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Before contacting the department, please check below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the studentship application process:


What is our University of Cambridge Course Code?

BLSTR1 (MRes in Stem Cell Biology).


When can I apply?

This studentship is advertised once each year. Applications are welcomed from October/November, with a closing date of January.


Do I need to complete a University application form?

All students must complete the departmental application form.

Only successful students (after interview) will be asked to complete the University's online application using the new Applicant Portal.


Do I need to take a language test?

You do not need to take a language test at application stage. If you are interviewed and offered a place on the programme, you will be asked to complete and submit the University's application form throught the Applicant Portal (unless you are an overseas student and already submitted one) and will then be given a "pre-offer language condition" by the Graduate Admissions Office. You would then need to arrange and complete a language test by a given deadline.

Further information about this can be found here: Language requirements

TOEFL: Please note that the Home Office announced on 17 April 2014 that they will no longer accept TOEFL as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa-granting purposes. This follows their investigation into ETS English Language tests as a result of fraudulent activity exposed by the BBC’s Panorama programme.

As a result the University of Cambridge will no longer be accepting TOEFL test scores as sufficient to meet the language entry requirements for Graduate study.

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