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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.

All doctoral applicants are required to submit a research proposal of 1,500 words (exclusive of bibliography or reference list) with their application. Please read carefully the guidance available on the Doctoral Paths: Apply page of the Faculty of Education website.

You should also identify a suitable supervisor in the Faculty related to your topic before applying. It is very important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests – otherwise, we may not be able to accept your application. Not naming a supervisor to whom your paperwork can be referred may delay your application.

Selection Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Early application (by early December) is advisable even if candidates are not applying for funding. The majority of applications are received October to December and many supervisors may already be at full capacity after that.

Interviews are conducted in person or via Skype/video-call.

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
  • Research proposal (M)
    All doctoral applicants are required to submit a research proposal of 1,500 words (exclusive of bibliography/reference list) with their application. Please read the guidance carefully - this can be found at: http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/graduate/doctoral/apply/
  • Reasons for applying (1500 characters)

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.


How to Find a Supervisor

Information on the process of securing a supervisor can be found on the Doctoral Paths: Apply page of the Faculty of Education website.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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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

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