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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Chinese Studies) is no longer accepting new applications.


The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Chinese Studies) is conducted entirely by research.

All prospective MPhil applicants are advised to peruse the staff profiles on our website to familiarise themselves with the research and teaching interests of staff members. Applicants should contact potential supervisors by email and discuss potential MPhil thesis topics.

All students doing a dissertation-only MPhil can, and are welcome to, participate in relevant MPhil classes.

One to one supervision

Ten hours per year.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


Students working on a dissertation of not more than 25,000 words to be submitted in mid-August, will receive feedback on their work throughout the year from regular one-on-one supervisions with their supervisor. Supervisors will produce feedback via online termly supervision reports. Students will receive feedback on their MPhil thesis results and overall degree results after the final Degree Committee meeting in September.


Thesis / Dissertation

For the Chinese Studies research pathway, students will submit a thesis of not more than 25,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil theses must include a brief abstract at the start of the thesis of no more than 400 words.

Students who take the Chinese Studies research pathway must have a viva examination (oral examination in person), which is normally held in September.

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

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

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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