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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Education (Knowledge, Power and Politics) is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is composed of two key elements:

  • the research methods training course, and
  • the "Knowledge, Power and Politics" thematic route

Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject-specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and supervisions.

One to one supervision

Nine hours per year.

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

Seminars & classes

The course involves 96 hours of face-to-face teaching for the year.

This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small-group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty, two to three times a week in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. There is only a small amount of teaching in the Easter Term when students are writing up their dissertation.

Posters and Presentations

In Lent and Easter Term students are required to give short unassessed presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, students will submit written work and receive detailed feedback. Students submit two essays and a dissertation. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report, which can be viewed by the student via the Postgraduate Feedback and Reporting System.


Thesis / Dissertation

The dissertation is up to 15,000 words in length and submitted in June. The final award is based entirely on the dissertation mark



Students are required to submit two essays, one 4000 words and the other 4000-6000 words in length (one in Michaelmas and one in Lent term).


The examination shall include an oral examination on the dissertation and the essays and on the general field of knowledge within which they fall; save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
March 31, 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.