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Magdalene College Residential

The Magdalene College Residential will take place 9-12 April 2024.

Applications for the Magdalene College Residential are now closed.

The residential is open to Year 12 students attending a state-maintained school in Merseyside or the Isle of Man and is a fantastic opportunity for high-achieving students to find out more about studying at top universities such as the University of Cambridge.

During the residential, participants will stay in Magdalene College accommodation; explore their academic interests by attending workshops and seminars led by university lecturers; visit some of Cambridge’s libraries and museums; spend time with current Cambridge students; learn about the university application process; and gain an insight into living and studying at Cambridge.

To find out more you can read about the 2023 residential.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should:

  • Be in Year 12 and aged 16 or over by the time of the residential.
  • Attend a state-maintained school in Merseyside or the Isle of Man.
  • Have the potential to achieve at least A*AA at A Level or at least 40 points in the IB (with 776 in Higher Level subjects).
  • Have achieved a minimum of 5 Grades 9-7 (A or A*) grades at GCSE.
  • Be interested in studying a course on offer at the University of Cambridge. Please find information on the Course pages.

We will prioritise applicants who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria, which are:

  • Eligibility for Free School Meals.
  • Spending time in Local Authority Care.
  • Being a Young Carer.
  • Experiencing educational disruption due to factors such as long-term health conditions or frequently moving schools.
  • Living in a low-progression neighbourhood (POLAR Quintiles 1/2 and/or IMD Quintiles 1/2).
  • Attending a school with low progression to Oxford or Cambridge.
  • Being a First-Generation student (parents or guardians did not attend university).

We anticipate that the Residential will be over-subscribed and regret that we will not be able to offer a place to every applicant. The outcome of applications for this residential has no influence on any future application to Magdalene College or the University of Cambridge as a whole. We will assess applications based on academic ability and potential, in the context of the above Widening Participation criteria.


Applications for the Magdalene College Residential are now closed.

Applications should be submitted by 23:59 on 23 February 2024.

Applicants will be asked to nominate a current teacher to provide a short reference. We aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of their application during the week beginning 4 March 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the Magdalene College Residential, please contact Natalie Thompson, Schools Liaison Officer, by emailing

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