We know it's pretty stressful applying to University so please use these pages as a way to put your mind at ease. We'll be updating them regularly throughout the process, so keep checking back! The links below will take you to pages that have detail on the application process, and most importantly of all the dates and deadlines. We will update these as often as we can.
Your main point of contact will be Catherine Rowley in the Admissions Office, who works as the Admissions Coordinator. Catherine was a student at Queens' College studying Law. After graduating, she worked in Admissions and Outreach at Murray Edwards for four years, before joining Peterhouse. Please don't hesitate to contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 338223 if you have any problems or queries.
What to expect at interview
The application process can be a little daunting, so knowing what to expect before, during, and after interviews is important. Below you can find information about what to expect from the 2022-23 Admissions Round. Please note that the information below is provisional and provided as a guide. We'll keep this page as up-to-date as we can, but please note that we cannot guarantee that your assessment/interviews will be exactly as described.
In the 2022-23 application cycle, all interviews will be held virtually. For more information, please see the University website.
All interviews will be academic in nature. In some cases, you will be given some interview preparation immediately prior to your interview. This means that you will be given a passage to read or problem sheet to look at, which you will probably then discuss for part of the interview. The contents of the interview prep is deliberately supposed to be something you have not come across before so no preparation is necessary. It often helps to guide the interview such that it is more like an actual Cambridge supervision.
Interviewers may not bring up anything from your personal statement. Many candidates have answered questions like 'why do you want to study Law?' quite comprehensively in the personal statement and the interview is a chance to find out new information about you and your potential rather than re-tread the ground from your application. Also remember that there's no need to go overboard on revision - your current schoolwork is very important and we're anxious not to distract you from it. Interviews are designed to be something that you can't prepare for too much (aside from a wider and general interest in the subject) to allow all candidates from all backgrounds an equal chance.
There will always be two other people in your interview. In most cases, this will be two interviewers who will be playing an active role in your interview. However, in some cases, there will be a single interviewer and an observer from the Admissions Office. In such cases, we will explain who the additional person in the interview is and how the interview will work. If you apply for a subject for which written work is requested in advance, this may be used as the starting point for discussion during the interview. In some subjects, you will be asked to sit a written assessment or test (more details on this on the subject pages below). As interviews are virtual this year, Admissions Assessments which would normally take place at interview will be scheduled for slightly before them. You can find much more information, including videos of mock interviews, on the University website, along with specifications and sample papers for the written assessments. You can find likely interview dates, more detail on what to expect in interviews for your subject at Peterhouse, on the pages below.
Please note that interview/test/interview prep times will already be adjusted as appropriate for those who have submitted an Adjustment for Disability/Learning Difficulty form.
The table below provides a rough outline of what you can expect as an applicant for your subject.
Important note: details like the number of interviews you will receive, running times of tests etc may change (you will receive full and final information in your 'invitation to interview' email) but the below is intended to give you an idea of how we typically assess candidates in each subject.
|Course||Written work submissions||Assessments||Interviews|
Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic (ASNC)
|Two pieces||n/a||One 20 minute general interview, one 30 minute subject interview|
|Archaeology||One piece||Cambridge College registered assessment in Archaeology||Two 30 minute subject interviews, 60 minute|
|Architecture||Architecture portfolio||Cambridge College registered assessment in Architecture||One 30 minute subject interview, including discussion of your portfolio|
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)
|Not required||AMES with a modern language will have to sit the 60 minute MML Cambridge College registered assessment||Depending on which language(s) you are applying for; usually one or two 30 minute interviews (which may have interview prep beforehand). AMES with a modern language requires additional interview|
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
|Not required||Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (pre-registration required)|
|Classics||Two pieces||for 3-year course - 60 minute Cambridge College registered assessment in Classics For 4-year course - 20 minute Language Assessment session by the Faculty||one 30 minute subject interview (plus 30 minutes interview prep studying a Latin text for those applying for the 3-year course)|
|Not required||Test of Mathematics of University Admissions (TMUA) – pre-registration required||Test of Mathematics of University Admissions (TMUA) – pre-registration required|
|Economics||Test of Mathematics of University Admissions (TMUA) – pre-registration required||one 30 minute subject interview|
|Engineering||Not required||Engineering Admissions Assessment (pre-registration required)||one 40 minute subject interview|
|English||Two pieces||two 30 minute subject interviews|
|History||Two pieces||two 30 minute subject interviews|
History and Modern Languages
|Two pieces – if applying to study a language post-A Level, one piece should be in that language||Cambridge College registered assessment History and candidates for post-A level languages (i.e. not ab initio) will also sit the 60 minute MML Cambridge College registered assessment||one 30 minute History interview and one 30 minute language interview|
History and Politics
|Two pieces||at-interview assessment for History||two 30 minute subject interviews|
|History of Art||Not required||Cambridge College registered assessment for History of Art||one 30 minute subject interview, one 20 minute general interview|
Human Social and Political Sciences (HSPS)
|Two pieces||Peterhouse-specific College registered assessment for HSPS||
two 30 minute subject interviews, one with 10 minute interview prep
|two 30 minute subject interview|
|Linguistics||Two pieces||one 30 minute subject interview|
|Mathematics||Not required||STEP (taken at the same time as A Levels and other school leaving qualifications)||two 30-40 minute subject interviews, for Maths with Physics an additional 30 minute Physics interview|
|Medicine||Not required||BMAT||two 30 minute subject interview|
|MML||Two pieces, one of which should be in one of the languages you intend to study||Cambridge College registered assessment in MML||at least two interviews, at least one of which will be preceded by 15-20 minutes interview prep|
|Music||Two pieces and a composition or harmony exercise, you may also submit a musical exercise/piece if you wish||60 minute College-set test||one 30 minute and one 45 minute subject interview (with 20 minutes interview prep)|
|Not required||Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (pre-registration required)||two 30 minute subject interviews|
|Philosophy||Cambridge College registered assessment in Philosophy||
at-interview assessment in Philosophy
Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (TRPR)
|Two pieces||Cambridge College registered assessment in Theology||one 30 minute subject interview (with 20 minutes interview prep)|
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