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Postgraduate Study


Supervisions are given on the thesis.

One to one supervision

Twelve hours per year full-time (reduced pro rata for part-time).

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


Feedback will be given by the supervisor in the course of supervisions and in termly supervisor's reports. In addition, there will be a report from the assessors following the first-year examination.


Thesis / Dissertation

A thesis of not more than 80,000 words with a compulsory oral.


A first-year examination for which students must submit the following:

  • a summary of the scope, purpose, methodology and value of research project
  • a provisional outline of your thesis with a timetable for the conduct and completion of the research and writing
  • a bibliography of a topic and its immediate intellectual context set out in accordance with the conventions current in the field of study
  • a sample of written-up research of no more than 10,000 words, with appropriate footnotes and bibliographical references (included in word-count)

Students will have a meeting with two assessors to discuss the submitted work.

There is a review in the second and third year for which students must submit the following:

  • a 1,500-word report on their progress to date
  • a timetable for completion.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Divinity

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 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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