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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) is no longer accepting new applications.

As a PhD student researching polar institutions and polar science communities, SPRI is a fantastic base. Grad students at SPRI get to know people from a wide range of disciplines, becoming familiar with aspects of polar research while developing friendships and collaborations. The accessibility of the museum, library, and archives here at SPRI, as well as the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research based in the building, are also invaluable.

Morgan Seag (April 2020)

Studying for my PhD at SPRI is an excellent experience, both from the perspective of my academic studies, and socially. The Institute is a hub for polar social science and humanities research, hosting inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary seminars and lectures from leading UK and international scholars. This broad exposure to other subjects in the field is matched with assistance for my own research. My supervisor has been very supportive, and his interest in my work enables valuable discussion and advice, whilst a helpful network of other PhD and MPhil students makes the sometimes-solitary enterprise of post-graduate study into a great communal environment. Above all else, the flexibility to study topics that interest me, both here in SPRI and away on fieldwork, has been a fantastic opportunity.

Henry Anderson-Elliott (April 2019)

SPRI's a great place to work and study - there are plenty of things going on, both academic and social - and there's a real sense of community and history.  SPRI research community is tight-knit and supportive. Accessible supervisors who are leaders in their fields, alongside exposure to other academics in your field and adjacent disciplines, helps you to become a successful researcher performing high-quality research.

Tom Chudley (April 2019)

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Scott Polar Research Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
March 31, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

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