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MA Congregation

Information about the MA Congregation

If you hold a Cambridge BA, you may proceed to the MA not less than six years from the end of your first term of residence, providing that you have held your BA degree for at least two years.


Guidance on applying, please read:

  • This particular ceremony on 27 March 2021 is primarily for alumni who matriculated in 2014, and received their BA degree from the University no later than summer 2018.
  • If you received your BA degree from the University earlier than summer 2018 and wish to receive your MA, please visit the Degree Ceremonies page where you can apply to graduate in absence on 27 February or 30 April 2021.
  • Further dates will be available later in the year for graduation ceremonies, but at the moment it is not known whether these will be available in person.

Girton College is delighted that you intend to proceed to the MA degree.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Congregations to confer degrees in person will not take place at this time, however Congregations will continue for those who wish to take their degree in absence. If you would like to receive your MA degree in absence, a Congregation to approve and confer degrees (in absence only) will take place on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Please note that those who graduate in absence because of the pandemic, the University and Colleges’ Congregations Working Group has adopted the key principle of seeking to offer a ceremony in the Senate House that will be as close as possible to the usual in-person graduation. You will not receive your degree certificate at this ceremony as you will already have received it if you graduate in absence. Further information and the date of this celebratory ceremony will be sent out once details have been finalised, but the following page on the University`s website gives an insight into what the University`s aim is: https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/all-students#graduation

The University does not yet know when it will be possible to offer in person graduation ceremonies, but if you would prefer to wait and receive your MA degree in person information will be sent out when it becomes available.  

If you are undecided about whether you would like to receive your MA degree in absence at the 27 March ceremony, there are regular future Congregations that take place if you decide you would like to receive it at a later date.  The dates and registration form can be found on the Degree Ceremonies page on the College website.

If you would like to register to take your MA degree in absence on Saturday 27 March, please click the `Apply now` button found below.  

The deadline to register for this ceremony is Tuesday 16 March 2021.

Note regarding Degree Certificates: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a delay in paper degree certificates and transcripts being produced.  When Student Registry are able to resume the provision of paper certificates and transcripts, all who have graduated and received their MA in absence during the lockdown period will receive a paper copy of their certificate.  For further details, please visit the Degree Certificates and Transcripts page on the University`s website. 

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