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Interviews contribute to our assessment of your academic potential and suitability. You will have two interviews, usually lasting up to thirty minutes each. Both interviews will focus primarily on academic matters relating to your chosen course, but some questions may be more general.

In a few subjects, you will also be interviewed by another College or in the Faculty. You will be notified of this in your interview letter.

The University’s website has further information on interviews and how to prepare for them.

If you have a disability, Specific Learning Difficult (SpLD), long-term health condition/injury or other particular need, the Colleges will make every effort to meet your requirements, but make sure you tell us well in advance of your interview.

If you are invited to interview, you will need to bring photo ID and your academic transcripts with you.

Interviews Overseas

If you are a mature student applying for interview overseas, you must take any required pre-interview assessment; the information about arrangements and dates are available on the international interviews page. (Please note that applicants must be registered in advance for pre-interview assessments.)

Admission Assessments

See individual subjects for details for written assessments.


The dates for interview periods are listed on the first page of the undergraduate admission section.

You are expected to travel to Cambridge for the interview date you are offered, and will only be offered an alternative date or a video-conference interview under exceptional circumstances.