How to Apply

How to apply and relevant dates

The University begins accepting applications for the 2020-2021 MCL programme on 2 September 2019. The closing date for receipt of MCL applications is 12:00pm (midday) UK time on 7 January 2020. It is not possible to apply after that date.

All applications must be submitted to the University's Graduate Admissions Office (GAO), not to the Faculty of Law. GAO is the central University office handling graduate applications for all Cambridge Faculties and Departments. Please refer to the GAO's website for guidance on how to apply to courses such as the MCL. It is essential to be familiar with the GAO's guidance before submitting an application, in particular, the MCL programme entry in the GAO's course directory. Please also read the rest of the pages on the Faculty's MCL admissions website, and particularly the rest of the "Joining the MCL" section.

Please read carefully the information on the GAO website regarding the documents which you need to submit as part of your application. You should not submit additional documents such as secondary school certificates, work experience letters or published articles or papers. Significant academic and personal achievements should be included on the course application form or on your CV.

When preparing your application, you must consider whether you need to pass an English proficiency test (link to Language criteria). If you fall into this category, please bear in mind the relevant deadlines.

All MCL applicants who need to take an English language proficiency test must submit their test results with their course application or as soon as possible afterwards and by 15 March 2020 at the latest.

Application decision process and timeline

Applications received will be assessed by the MCL Admissions Committee based on academic merit. The MCL Admissions Committee will begin considering applications after the application deadline closes. Applicants for the 2020-21 programme will be notified of the outcome of their application by 30 April 2020.

With regard to unsuccessful applications, those administering MCL admissions do not operate a waiting list. The MCL Admissions Committee is not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants or consider requests for reconsideration, even in cases where unsuccessful applicants receive further academic results, or are selected for scholarships or other funding tenable at Cambridge.

Once successful applicants have received their formal offer from the GAO, they have one month to accept their place on the MCL. They must do so by paying a reservation fee, which is non-refundable in most circumstances.

MCL 2021-22 Bursaries

The Law Faculty is pleased to announce that three bursaries are available to be awarded to applicants for the MCL in 2021-22. Read more

New MCL module: Law and the Digital Economy

The MCL programme will have a new module on offer in 2020-2021: 'Law and the Digital Economy - The Corporate Dimension'. Read more


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

MCL Student Profiles

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

Postgraduate Open Day MCL presentation

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