This autumn, I applied for an MPhil at Cambridge as an international student. Here are some key points:
- Only 10% of MPhil students in my area of study get full scholarships.
- I stated very clearly when I applied that I won't attend if there's no funding for me.
- So the department knows they are sort of taking a risk on me.
- I plan to apply for a PhD program next year at the same department with the same proposed supervisor.
I was made a conditional offer of admission and I accepted it without knowing my funding situation because all the funding decisions are made later than the offers of admission are sent.
Now that it is June already, it looks like I didn't get any funding. Not a problem, I'll get my master's degree from elsewhere. I have looked through Cambridge's website and they pretty much expect you to accept and then withdraw if you don't get any funding. My department also won't be surprised if I withdraw, because I was very straightforward about it from the get-go.
I am still worried a little bit, because I plan to apply for a PhD program next year and contact the same professor as my potential supervisor. I want to part on as friendly terms as possible. How should I go about this? Should I write to the department? To the professor? What should I say?