Financial Matters

In 2020-21 the course fee for the MCL is £32,130, £3,000 of which takes the form of a reservation fee to secure a place on the course after an offer of admission to the programme has been made.

In addition to the course fee, MCL students should anticipate outlays of at least £12,000 on accommodation, living expenses and travel.

Detailed University information about finance, including fees and living costs, is available in the finance section of the University's Graduate Admissions Office website.

General funding opportunities

The GAO's finance web pages also contain information about funding, including a funding database which prospective students can search to find sources of funding for which they are eligible, according to various criteria.

MCL funding opportunities

Herbert Smith Freehills Bursaries 2020-21

Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading professional services businesses, has kindly funded two bursaries for applicants admitted to the MCL programme for 2020-21. One will cover all MCL tuition fees of the recipient, which will be £32,130 in 2020-21. The other will cover half of the MCL tuition fees, or £16,065.

All applicants who are offered a place on the MCL are eligible to be considered for the Herbert Smith Freehills bursaries. The MCL Admissions Committee will consider the files of all those to whom offers on the MCL programme have been extended so as to identify the bursary recipients. There is no need for those offered a place on the MCL to apply for the bursaries. The bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Herbert Smith Freehills will offer to each of the bursary recipients a one week work experience placement in their London office. This placement will take place in 2020-21 during one of the breaks between academic terms. Herbert Smith Freehills will pay a stipend to cover travel and accommodation.

Travers Smith Bursary 2020-21

The MCL Travers Smith Bursary will be available for the 2020-21 MCL applications round. The bursary will be worth £6,000, and will be awarded to an MCL student with an outstanding past academic record who is not the recipient of any other bursary, scholarship or studentship.

Richard Sykes QC Studentship in Corporate Law

Pembroke College offers the Richard Sykes QC Studentship in Corporate Law for one student at the college that covers fees for the MCL. More information is available on the Pembroke website.

Please note that admission to the MCL is a separate process run by the Law Faculty and not by Pembroke College. Correspondingly, an MCL applicant to whom a course offer has been made by the Law Faculty must fulfil all conditions associated with the offer notwithstanding that he or she may have been awarded the Studentship by Pembroke College.


Slaughter and May kindly host two MCL events in February at their London office. Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills Bursaries 2020-21

Herbert Smith Freehills to offer two MCL bursaries for 2020-21. Read more

Postgraduate Open Day MCL presentation

Professor Brian Cheffins, Director of the MCL, gives an overview of the MCL programme. Read more

Travers Smith MCL Bursary Awarded to Maria Markou

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 MCL Travers Smith Bursary has been awarded to Maria Markou. Read more

MCL Student Profiles

Read about some of the MCL graduates and their experiences of studying at Cambridge. Read more

New additions to MCL teaching team

The MCL Director is delighted to announce the recent appointments to the Faculty of Bobby Reddy and Ann Sofie Cloots. Read more