Funding and fees



You are strongly advised to research funding opportunities in advance of submitting your application. You will not be admitted to your chosen programme without a secure package of funding in place before you begin you studies. You should not expect to be able to obtain funding once you have started your course.

If you are eligible for a US loan, you can find detailed information on Student Registry Loans. You can apply for a US loan once you have been accepted at a college, as colleges have individual school codes for the US Department of Education. This code will need to be used on the 2013/14 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which will be available in January 2013.

If you are an EU citizen and are qualified to degree level in engineering or a related subject, you may qualify for the Panasonic Trust Award. Contact your department for related enquiries.

CamFunds is a database of student funding that is administered by offices, departments, faculties, institutions or Colleges of the University of Cambridge. Please note the majority of funding listed in CamFunds is available only to students on full-time courses.

There are also awards offered by external bodies, administered outside of the University, which are not included in this database. The Prospects website is a useful source of information on different types of graduate funding.

You can find details of funding and financial support administered by external bodies, including Professional and Career Development Loans, on both the Directgov website and the Prospects website.

In some instances your employer may be willing to offer financial support for your personal and professional development.

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment 1994-2014 - 20th Anniversary Bursary Competition

To celebrate 20 years of academic success we are offering a full bursary for tuition fees*, through open competition. The bursary will cover the full tuition fees for the two-year course, for entry in September 2014, currently worth £11,200. Please note that only applicants who meet our standard requirements will be considered (see for more details).




MSt students are liable to pay Tuition Fees and a College Fee, with the value of the Tuition Fee being dependent on your ‘fee status’, which is determined according to your nationality and country of permanent residence. Please see Fee status for further details.

The College Fee is mandatory and covers the cost to your College of providing a range of domestic and pastoral services, but does not include accommodation. The College Fees are collected by the College, who will make clear to students how much these payments are, how they are to be made and by what deadlines.



Important information 


  • Non-payment of fees constitutes grounds for removal from the student register.

  • If it is considered that the financial undertaking form that you submitted to meet your offer conditions was made in bad faith, the Institute of Continuing Education may recommend that you are removed from the register of graduate students. If your sponsor fails to honour their commitment you will need to provide documentary evidence from the sponsor to this effect.

  • You should not expect the University or your College to provide funding to help make up any deficit if your financial support breaks down.

  • You will also need to budget for costs associated with attending Cambridge, including travel and accommodation, during residential sessions.

    Some MSt programmes may require you to sign an Admissions Agreement that sets out payment terms and conditions, including the sanctions imposed on non-payment of the composition fees.