International students

Language requirements

If your first language is not English, then you must meet the University’s English Language requirements – please note that some MSt programmes might require higher standards - see Course Directory for specific requirments. Overseas applicants should note that if you are offered a conditional place on the course, the University of Cambridge cannot provide a visa support letter until you have met all of the conditions of the offer, including the language test. You will need to be sure that you have left enough time to apply for a visa after you receive the results of your language test; hence it is recommended that you do not wait to until you hear the outcome of your application before arranging a language test.


As MSts are part-time programmes it is usually possible for students living outside the UK to enter the UK for residential elements of the programme as a Student Visitor – please see the Student Visitor page provided by the Points Based Immigration Office for further information. You should contact your prospective department with regards to obtaining a Student Visitor visa letter.

We advise accepted international applicants to apply for a visa as soon as they are able, to ensure the visa will be active before the start date of the course.

You should note that MSt students are not eligible for Tier 4 Visas.

Understanding the MSt

Master's level study is undertaken at different stages in the academic journey in different countries, so it is important to understand the level of study and experience the Cambridge MSt requires.

In many countries, a Master's degree is the natural progression from undergraduate level study. Note that some Cambridge MSt courses also require industry experience.

The Cambridge MSt is a two year long, part-time course with taught, residential sessions that must be attended.