This section contains information for postgraduate students. Information for all students is available in the guidance for all students section.

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Postgraduate research students

International postgraduate students


Postgraduate research students

Students on fieldwork

If you are on fieldwork, you should continue to follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, even if you are not a British national, and make/change your arrangements accordingly. 

If you are coming to the end of your fieldwork, you should consider returning home rather than coming back to Cambridge.

You need to inform us by emailing if:

  • You need to extend your period of fieldwork
  • You are unable to continue with your fieldwork
  • You have come to the end of your fieldwork and decide to return home rather than back to Cambridge
  • Travel restrictions prevent you from leaving your fieldwork location

Travel insurance

If you need to stay in your fieldwork location you should sign into the Chubb portal using the link in your original travel insurance cover confirmation and extend your cover. Do not make a new application as this will be invalid.

Further guidance on travel insurance >

Maintenance stipends 

University-managed funds

Students who currently receive a maintenance stipend from funds managed within the collegiate University (including Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Harding, Departments and Colleges and UKRI DTPs and CDTs) will continue to receive their maintenance funding as normal until the end of September 2020 as long as they are continuing to study and have not reached their funding end date. 

External funders

We are in close contact with external funders and will provide further guidance about applying for extended funding when known. The UKRI and the Wellcome Trust have provided guidance to the University on funding extensions, which is being taken forward. For other external funders, students will need to make contact with their own funder to enquire about the possibility of funded extensions.

Some funders also provide financial support for other incidental costs – students should contact their funding body for more details.

Financial hardship

If you are in financial hardship, please see the general student page for information on the help available, including the Postgraduate Hardship Fund. Students should approach their funder in the first instance, where appropriate, to request additional funding and will need to show that they have done this before applying for University hardship funds, for which self-funded students are normally prioritised.

Submitting your thesis

Softbound thesis

We are working with the Degree Committees to receive your thesis electronically. You will receive more details from your Degree Committee shortly.

Once you have submitted your softbound thesis, your Degree Committee may arrange for your viva voce examination to be held via video conference. 

Hardbound and e-thesis

The Student Services Centre will not be open to receive theses. 

We have arranged with JS Wilson Bookbinders that they will store any hardbound theses bound by them until such time as the Student Services Centre re-opens. JS Wilson will let us know when your thesis has been bound and we will take that date as the date of submission of your hardbound thesis.

Contact JS Wilson >

If you do not use JS Wilson you may need to apply for an extension for the submission of your hardbound thesis. You can do this by emailing

You should submit your e-thesis unless informed otherwise by the Student Registry.

Degree approval

Degree Committees and the Board of Graduate Studies will meet remotely over the coming months to consider the approval of degrees and other individual student matters.

Further guidance

If you need further advice or guidance please contact the Student Registry.

You can also contact your Supervisor, Course Director or Graduate Tutor as appropriate. 

International postgraduate students

Travelling to the UK from abroad

Please read the information for students who are arriving in the UK from abroad. The page contains information about border control, quarantine and how you College will support you.

Tier 4 visa holders

The Home Office recognises the exceptional circumstances of the current situation and the University will continue to sponsor a current student’s Tier 4 visa during a disruption to studies resulting from the coronavirus outbreak and whilst continuing studies remotely.

New students who are starting their studies in Michaelmas Term 2020 but are given permission to study remotely for reasons of disability or susceptibility to infectious disease should contact the International Student Office for guidance on the appropriate time to make their student visa application or to request a replacement vignette if their visa has already been granted. 

Making your student visa application from outside the UK

Most UK Visa Application Centres have now re-opened across the world but appointment availability may be more limited in some locations.

Making your student application from inside the UK

If you are eligible to make your Tier 4 application from inside the UK, pre-existing biometrics are currently being used for student visa applications. If UKVI can reuse your biometrics you will be emailed after you make your application with instructions on how to send them an image of your face and your supporting documents via an app. If pre-existing biometrics cannot be reused, you will be invited to book an appointment to provide biometric information. Priority and super priority services are temporarily suspended at this time.

If you make an in-time application and are waiting for a decision, you can start your course at Cambridge whilst this is pending. You will need to provide your College with evidence you have submitted an application within the relevant timeframe. UKVI advises that if your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused you must stop your course or studies.

If you currently hold permission in an immigration category other than Tier 4, we would advise you to contact the International Student Office to check if you are eligible to switch inside the UK.

Further guidance

For further guidance on student immigration matters, please contact the International Student Office.