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Postgraduate Study


The MPhil involves research only and teaching is delivered through meetings with an academic supervisor. 

One to one supervision

Each student identifies a research supervisor prior to making an application. The MPhil project is developed in correspondence with the supervisor. At the outset of the MPhil course the student and supervisor arrange a schedule of meetings.

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

Seminars & classes

There are no formal teaching sessions attached to this MPhil, though as necessary the student will be encouraged to participate in methods training through classes at the University of Cambridge's Social Science Research Methods Programme (SSRMP). 

Posters and Presentations

Thesis presentation in the third term.


The research supervisor provides feedback at supervisions and also in written termly reports.


Thesis / Dissertation

A thesis of up to 25,000 words and a viva voce examination.


One 5,000-word research proposal will be submitted at the end of the first term which will be informally assessed.

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Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Geography

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
March 31, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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