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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 £75 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.

Any applicant whose submitted written work suggests that the Faculty might want to admit them for the MPhil will be interviewed.

Selection Process

Applications received before each funding deadline will be considered as part of a gathered field. It is in the applicant's best interests to submit their application early in the academic year, i.e. 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 by the Department within 12 weeks on  a rolling basis.

See here for information on what happens after you have applied.

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
  • Attainments
  • Research proposal (M)
  • Sample of work (2)
    Two writing samples of up to 5,000 words each or a single piece of up to 10,000 words. Ideally, this work should have been written recently and be on a subject related to that which you propose to work on in Cambridge. It is obviously a great help if the work is written in (or translated into) English.

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

Careful consideration will be given to your application, and you will be assigned a supervisor who is well-aligned with your research. You are very welcome to approach potential supervisors beforehand for informal discussions. The list of Staff members is available here.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Classics

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
June 30, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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