Cambridge PhD 2023


LLMAPP1234

might we expect some movement or an offer email today?


I've seen nothing yet anyway.


Nor I, but I'm finding this wait worse than the interview -> PAO wait 

[quote][quote]might we expect some movement or an offer email today? [/quote]<br><br>I've seen nothing yet anyway. [/quote]<br><br>Nor I, but I'm finding this wait worse than the interview -&gt; PAO wait&nbsp;
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My portal has updated to conditional offer received, so other offers may be coming through now...

My portal has updated to conditional offer received, so other offers may be coming through now...
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scoop

Likewise, my conditional offer came through a few minutes ago.

Likewise, my conditional offer came through a few minutes ago.
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LLMAPP1234

Likewise, my conditional offer came through a few minutes ago.


Congratulations!



by email or portal update? or both simultaneously 

[quote]Likewise, my conditional offer came through a few minutes ago. [/quote]<br><br>Congratulations!<br><br><br><br>by email or portal update? or both simultaneously&nbsp;<br><br>
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scoop

Likewise, my conditional offer came through a few minutes ago.


Congratulations!


by email or portal update? or both simultaneously 






Thanks! Though I'm not getting ahead of myself - I'll have to wait and see what happens with funding! Both re timing - I was logged out of the portal but got an email and went to check, my portal had updated too. 

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[quote][quote]Likewise, my conditional offer came through a few minutes ago. [/quote]<br><br>Congratulations!<br><br><br>by email or portal update? or both simultaneously&nbsp;<br><br> [/quote]<br>
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</div><br><br><div>Thanks! Though I'm not getting ahead of myself - I'll have to wait and see what happens with funding! Both re timing - I was logged out of the portal but got an email and went to check, my portal had updated too.&nbsp;
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LLMAPP1234

any movement for anyone today? My sanity is waning 

any movement for anyone today? My sanity is waning&nbsp;
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any movement for anyone today? My sanity is waning 


Still stuck on PAO

[quote]any movement for anyone today? My sanity is waning&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Still stuck on PAO
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Too

 

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For those who are still under review by department, anyone asked faculty what is the status of their application? 


I tried emailing Mrs. Hirst but I didn’t get a response. I’m not sure how I feel about contacting my potential supervisor.

[quote]For those who are still under review by department, anyone asked faculty what is the status of their application?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I tried emailing Mrs. Hirst but I didn’t get a response. I’m not sure how I feel about contacting my potential supervisor.
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Too

 

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I tried emailing Mrs. Hirst but I didn’t get a response. I’m not sure how I feel about contacting my potential supervisor.


when did you email? I contacted the potential supervisor but was asked to write to Mrs Hirst 


I emailed her on 24 Feb but no response. 

[quote][quote] I tried emailing Mrs. Hirst but I didn’t get a response. I’m not sure how I feel about contacting my potential supervisor. [/quote]<br><br>when did you email? I contacted the potential supervisor but was asked to write to Mrs Hirst&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I emailed her on 24 Feb but no response.&nbsp;
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Too

 

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BODesq

What is the meaning of under degree committee review? Rejection? 


According to the Uni's website, this would imply that an offer has been recommended by the faculty/department! If the degree committee approves, it should be sent to PAO. Congrats 

https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/what-happens-next 

[quote]What is the meaning of under degree committee review? Rejection?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>According to the Uni's website, this would imply that an offer has been recommended by the faculty/department! If the degree committee approves, it should be sent to PAO. Congrats&nbsp;<br><br>https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/what-happens-next&nbsp;
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Gobbledygo...



Email from the Faculty that they were sending my application to PAO (though I moved to PAO on the portal on 9 Feb).  Email header was 'conditional offer of admission' but not left PAO on portal so no real change in status.


I got the same. What conditions do you think there might be if one already has an LLM?


I think when the faculty email says 'conditional offer', conditional means conditional on the PAO confirming the offer, rather than conditional in a technical sense.  If you already have your LLM and if they are otherwise happy to accept you 'as is' (which if moved to PAO I imagine they are!), I think it's a reasonable bet that the offer won't have any more academic conditions attached.

If you are still doing a taught master's, I understand they dislike making an unconditional offer, in case it encourages people taking their foot off the pedal, so they generally make the offer reliant on a first/distinction (though the extent to which that condition is absolutely concrete is apparently variable).  Research master's are different, maybe also an unconditional offer, it may well depend on the application as a whole.


The "conditional offer" part of Cambridge admissions seems to pop up as a point of confusion every year, so I should perhaps help clarify this. Unless something has recently changed, Cambridge offers are ALWAYS conditional. This is because they have a lot of admin stuff in their conditions that many other unis tend not to list as "conditions" to their offer as such. I suspect that some of their "conditions" are just there to minimise their obligatons to support students in meeting their conditions. Their conditions usually include:

- That you accept whichever college selects you (rejecting your college means you forfeit the offer)
- That you upload a picture to their portal
- That you upload a new copy of your passport to their portal
- That you achieve a particular grade, if you are currently enrolled in a course
- Language requirements (note that if you do not have the TOEFL/IELTS yet, you may be eligible for a free language test from the Language Centre as a PhD student, saving you some money)
- A declaration that you can fund the course (self-funded or having obtained scholarships, etc)
- That you manage to get a valid student visa from the UK
- That you actually accept their offer (yes, accepting is an offer condition too)

Since they tend to want some or all of the above, Cambridge is at least very generous with how late you can accept your offer - usually around end-July, which is usually the latest anyone would have hopes of obtaining a scholarship. Whenever you have completed all the steps above, they will formalise your offer. 

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[quote][quote][quote][quote]Anything today for anyone? [/quote]<br><br>Email from the Faculty that they were sending my application to PAO (though I moved to PAO on the portal on 9 Feb). &nbsp;Email header was 'conditional offer of admission' but not left PAO on portal so no real change in status. [/quote]<br><br>I got the same. What conditions do you think there might be if one already has an LLM? [/quote]<br><br>I think when the faculty email says 'conditional offer', conditional means conditional on the PAO confirming the offer, rather than conditional in a technical sense. &nbsp;If you already have your LLM and if they are otherwise happy to accept you 'as is' (which if moved to PAO I imagine they are!), I think it's a reasonable bet that the offer won't have any more academic conditions attached.<br><br>If you are still doing a taught master's, I understand they dislike making an unconditional offer, in case it encourages people taking their foot off the pedal, so they generally make the offer reliant on a first/distinction (though the extent to which that condition is absolutely concrete is apparently variable). &nbsp;Research master's are different, maybe also an unconditional offer, it may well depend on the application as a whole. [/quote]<br><br>The "conditional offer" part of Cambridge admissions seems to pop up as a point of confusion every year, so I should perhaps help clarify this. Unless something has recently changed, Cambridge offers are ALWAYS conditional. This is because they have a lot of admin stuff in their conditions that many other unis tend not to list as "conditions" to their offer as such. I suspect that some of their "conditions" are just there to minimise their obligatons to support students in meeting their conditions. Their conditions usually include:<br><br>- That you accept whichever college selects you (rejecting your college means you forfeit the offer)<br>- That you upload a picture to their portal<br>- That you upload a new copy of your passport to their portal<br>- That you achieve a particular grade, if you are currently enrolled in a course<br>- Language requirements (note that if you do not have the TOEFL/IELTS yet, you may be eligible for a free language test from the Language Centre as a PhD student, saving you some money)<br>- A declaration that you can fund the course (self-funded or having obtained scholarships, etc)<br>- That you manage to get a valid student visa from the UK<br>- That you actually accept their offer (yes, accepting is an offer condition too)<br><br>Since they tend to want some or all of the above, Cambridge is at least very generous with how late you can accept your offer - usually around end-July, which is usually the latest anyone would have hopes of obtaining a scholarship. Whenever you have completed all the steps above, they will formalise your offer.&nbsp;
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LLMAPP1234

Any more offers from the PAO gang?

Any more offers from the PAO gang?
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Too


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Any updates today? 


I am still at the under review by department stage and have not received an interview call. Wonder how I’m still at this stage after more than 3 months of applying. Can’t imagine what this may mean? Rejection/waitlist? 

any thoughts guys? Thanks a ton!

[quote]Any updates today?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I am still at the under review by department stage and have not received an interview call. Wonder how I’m still at this stage after more than 3 months of applying. Can’t imagine what this may mean? Rejection/waitlist?&nbsp;<br><br>any thoughts guys? Thanks a ton!
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LLMAPP1234

Just got my offer! best of luck to all those still waiting:)

Just got my offer! best of luck to all those still waiting:)
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Phdhappy

Hi guys, Im trying to apply the following year but I have a couple of questions. I have a very good CV with lawfirm and UN work. I have even pleaded cases before international courts and tribunals such as the ICJ and I have a couple of academic pubications in renowned journals. However, my undergrad grades are just average/bad. Do you think this is a determining factor on whether they look into your application or not? They told that Oxbridge looks into grades a lot.

Hi guys, Im trying to apply the following year but I have a couple of questions. I have a very good CV with lawfirm and UN work. I have even pleaded cases before international courts and tribunals such as the ICJ and I have a couple of academic pubications in renowned journals. However, my undergrad grades are just average/bad. Do you think this is a determining factor on whether they look into your application or not? They told that Oxbridge looks into grades a lot.
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Phdhappy

Thanks for the honesty, thats what I thought. I do have three bar licenses and I was top 5% in the NY bar last year. But in terms of undegrad grades its bad :( Should I give it a shot? Do they take into account the research proposal? Im doubting a lot...can you guys tell me a bit about your background....

Thanks for the honesty, thats what I thought. I do have three bar licenses and I was top 5% in the NY bar last year. But in terms of undegrad grades its bad :( Should I give it a shot? Do they take into account the research proposal? Im doubting a lot...can you guys tell me a bit about your background....
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