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School of Arts and Humanities


Participant eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for AIM: Master’s, you must be intending to apply to one of the courses above for October 2025 entry.

AIM: Master’s has been designed to support applicants from groups that are currently underrepresented in postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge. To be eligible for AIM you will need to meet the following criteria:

Essential Criteria (all required):

  1. Be a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland, applying as a home student
  2. Be at least in the penultimate year of your undergraduate course
  3. Not have received an offer to/currently undertaking/completed a Master’s course
  4. Not have completed any previous education at the University of Cambridge
  5. Expect to meet academic entry requirements for your chosen course by October 2025.   Please look carefully at the entry requirements for your specific course!

Desirable criteria

  1. Have not previously studied/are not currently studying at a Russell Group University.

In addition to the conditions above, we aim to support all underrepresented groups at Cambridge and priority will be given to applicants who also meet the following criteria:

  1. Identify as Black or Mixed Black, Bangladeshi or Mixed Bangladeshi, or Pakistani or Mixed Pakistani
  2. Be in the first generation of your family to study at undergraduate level 
  3. Have entered university at undergraduate level from a care background or a Foyer resident
  4. Have been a young carer under the age of 18 or currently have caring responsibilities (providing unpaid support for a family who has a physical or mental health condition, or misuses substances)
  5. Be estranged from their parents/guardians 
  6. Have been in receipt of free school meals at secondary school
  7. Be in receipt of full state support for maintenance for their course of undergraduate study 
  8. Be a mature undergraduate student (aged 21 or over on the first day of an undergraduate course)   
  9. Would be a mature postgraduate student (aged 25 or over on the first day of a postgraduate course)
  10. Be either a single parent, or lone guardian of a young person who is aged under 18 and/or is still in full-time education