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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.

Applicants should explore the MPhil PHS course website and pre-arrival material before completing their application, including the pre-arrival self-assessment quizzes.

All applicants are considered on a monthly basis (rolling admissions).

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

Selection Process

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, reflections on pre-arrival materials, and statement of their reasons for wishing to take the course
  • Other supporting evidence, including an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • The assessment panel will be seeking assurance that the candidate has the experience, ability and commitment necessary to complete the MPhil course
  • Reflection on your engagement with the pre-arrival self-assessment tools

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
  • Careers goals
  • 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.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 31, 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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