The University publishes a list of fees and costs each year (see Fees Listings).
All students are expected to have full funding in place on arrival. The Board of Graduate Studies will check this before confirming admission.
Sources of Funds
There are two main sources of funds in the University: the Gates Scholarship and the Cambridge Trusts. The option to apply for either/both is part of the graduate application process – applicants are advised to check the deadlines as they are not flexible.
Part of your initial discussion with your potential supervisor should be how you will be funded; advice can be offered.When funding for a student place is available from one of the Department’s research grants. A formal studentship will be advertised here and on the University’s jobs web-site (check under ‘Studentships’).
The Department charges up to £5,000 per year in bench fees to cover the costs of computing, laboratory space, equipment, consumables etc. if these are not already provided for in a grant or scholarship.
The University has rules about paid employment (see Working While You Study) while studying at Cambridge. Research (PhD) students are allowed 6 hours of paid work per week in something related to their area of interest. One way graduates can supplement their finances is by supervising undergraduates. The Directors of Studies in the Colleges are responsible for organising supervisions in their subject, so graduate students who would like to undertake some teaching can approach them to offer their services.
The university provides lots of advice and support on living and working in Cambridge and there will be inductions on arrival to help you ‘acclimatise’. See Studying at Cambridge for more information.
Living and Working Costs
Realistically, you will need at least £13,500 per year to cover living costs, on top of your University and College fees. If you are self-funded, you may also have to pay for items associated with your research, plus bench fees (see above).
Students can apply to their College for travel, educational and hardship bursaries, and there is also support available from the University.