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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 application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, 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.

Applicants should fully explore the MPhil PHS course website, including the advice for applicants, and make thorough use of the pre-application self-screening tool, before completing their application.

Selection Process

The assessment panel will be seeking assurance that the candidate has the experience, ability and commitment necessary to complete the MPhil course.  The following criteria are used to consider applications:

  • Class of first degree
  • References from senior staff at the most recent university and/or place of employment
  • Relevance of previous academic and work experience
  • Candidate's responses to course specific questions, and statement of their reasons for wishing to take the course
  • Reflection on your engagement with the pre-application self-screening tools
  • Other supporting evidence, including an up-to-date curriculum vitae

All applications are considered in batches on a monthly basis (rolling admissions) and offers are made throughout the application period.  As this is a popular course, we strongly recommend that you submit your completed application (including references) as early as possible.   

Applicants should normally receive a response to their application within twelve weeks of applying.

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
  • Statement of interest (2500 characters)
  • Relevant Experience (M)
  • Maths and Stats experience

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

Applicants do not need to decide on a dissertation topic nor identify a supervisor prior to starting the course. 

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Key Information


10 months full-time

22 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Public Health and Primary Care This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
March 28, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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