University of Cambridge



Mature and affiliated students

What is a mature student?

If you'll be aged 21 or over by 1 October in the year in which you hope to come to Cambridge and haven't already completed a higher education course then you'll be applying as a mature student.

The University welcomes mature students who want to commit to a full-time course with the same demands, opportunities and facilities that our school-leaving students experience. The rewards of studying for an undergraduate degree may be personal or professional or both.

Whether you have already started working towards the goal of university study or are just starting to explore the options available, we hope that the information in this section will help answer your questions.

What if I already have a degree?

If you're a graduate with an approved degree from another university, you can apply to take a Cambridge BA course as an affiliated student in a year less than usual (in most cases, starting the Cambridge course from Year 2). Most Colleges consider applications from affiliated students but there are some restrictions. Please see the Affiliated students page for details.

Request a visit

We have a Mature Outreach Ambassador, who’s a recent graduate of Cambridge, who is available to visit mature students and their tutors at further education colleges in London and East Anglia. Members of staff from the University and Colleges are also able to visit further afield. Further information is available on our Mature Outreach Ambassador page.