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International Students

 

Students accepted for a part-time postgraduate degree at Cambridge will need to check what visa support can be provided for their particular programme as this can vary depending on the attendance requirements and structure.

The information on this page is relevant to part-time postgraduate degrees. If you will be undertaking part-time study at a different level, or on a non-credit course or non-degree award-bearing programme, you are advised to contact the relevant Department, Faculty or Institution at the University to check whether visa support is possible for the course you intend to do.

If you already have a UK immigration status that permits you to undertake your course of study, you will be asked to provide evidence of this during the admissions process. If it is confirmed you can undertake the programme with this status, the information on this page will not be relevant.

Part-time degree courses where attendance is required for short teaching sessions

Students on part-time courses longer than 6 months where the majority of the time is spent outside the UK and attendance in Cambridge is only required for short teaching sessions can be supported under the visitor immigration route. This includes part-time degrees at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and some courses at Cambridge Judge Business School. Examples of programmes include Cambridge Executive MBA, Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Master of Studies (MSt).

Prospective students should ensure they are familiar with the restrictions of this immigration status as outlined on our short period of study page. These courses cannot be sponsored for a student visa.

Part-time postgraduate programmes admitted via the Postgraduate Admissions Office

If you apply for a part-time postgraduate programme via the Postgraduate Admissions Office and can be made an offer of admission, visa support will be discussed with you as part of the admissions process. The reasons for part-time study and the proposed arrangements for attendance in Cambridge on your particular programme will be taken into consideration when determining whether visa support can be provided and under which category. Where visa support is possible, this will either be:

  • As a visitor where attendance in Cambridge is only required for short periods of time for certain activities across the year and the majority of study will be undertaken outside the UK. Ensure you read the information about studying as a visitor outlined on our short period of study page to understand the requirements and restrictions of this route. You will be required to keep your College and the International Student Office up to date on your agreed attendance dates in Cambridge during your course.
  • On a part-time student visa where attendance in Cambridge is required regularly and for extended periods. This would normally be used to enable a student to be based outside the UK and to come to Cambridge regularly as part of their degree, in accordance with the attendance arrangements agreed with their Department or Faculty. Applications from students who intend to be based in the UK will also be considered but the reasons for wishing to study part-time will be reviewed alongside the visa restrictions and the arrangements must be approved by the Postgraduate Committee in consultation with the International Student Office. Ensure you read the information about studying on a part-time student visa outlined on our part-time student visa page to understand the requirements and restrictions of this route. 

This information does not apply to part-time degree programmes in the Faculty of Education, or programmes that are not admitted via the Postgraduate Admissions Office including at the Institute of Continuing Education or the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Master of Education (MEd)

Students who will be studying part-time on most MEd routes in the Faculty of Education can be sponsored by the University for a part-time student visa. This will enable students to be based in the UK during their studies but the requirements and restrictions of the visa should be considered prior to accepting an offer of admission. Students who do not hold a UK or Irish passport will be required to provide evidence of a student visa or an alternative UK visa which permits study on a course of more than 6 months, in order to commence the course. MEd Transforming Practice has different attendance requirements and cannot be sponsored for a student visa; attendance at teaching sessions is support under the visitor route