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Postgraduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

For applicants who are required to satisfy the English language condition:

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies accepts the IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL examinations to satisfy the English language requirement. Please see the Arts Language Requirement tables given above for the minimum marks which need to be achieved in each element for the IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL.

Selection Process

Applications for Modern Chinese Studies received before the funding deadline will be considered as part of a gathered field.  The deadline for University and Faculty funding is usually in early December.   We encourage applicants to get in touch with their potential supervisors early in the process.  It is in the applicant's best interests to submit their application early in the academic year, ie to meet the funding deadline and to ensure that their application is considered in good time, as places can be filled before the final deadline date.

Applications submitted after the funding deadline will be considered as they are received (rolling admissions).

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - language attainments
    This can be a simple list of the languages you have attained and to what level (e.g. beginner, intermediate etc). If you have any language certificates, you can upload them along with your application.
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
  • Research proposal (M)
    Maximum length 600 words. An extended research proposal can be uploaded instead of a second 'Sample of Work'
  • Sample of work (2)
    Maximum length 3,000 words in English. A second Sample of Work may be replaced by an extended research proposal.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research interests.  A full list of supervisors can be found on the Faculty's website.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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