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Attracted by the international reputation of the Cambridge ASNC department, I arrived to begin an MPhil, expecting all of the usual Oxbridge stereotypes: aloof professors, hidebound tradition and crushing pressure. Instead I was welcomed into an academic community that felt like a family, from the sprawling departmental pub nights at the Castle to the supervisor who treated me like a daughter. The academic standard was, of course, of the highest order: I was privileged to learn from teachers who were not only at the very top of their fields, but also infinitely generous with their time, expertise and enthusiasm. From them I acquired the core skills that would later allow me to excel as an editor: the art of advanced research, the ability to organise information and write with precision, and a deep understanding of how languages work. When I decided to pursue a career in publishing (with Thames and Hudson, based in London) after completing my PhD, the department could not have been more supportive. Years later, I am constantly aware of how much my time in ASNC has enriched my life, professionally and otherwise. If an author misuses a Latin epithet, I can quietly correct it, and as I walk through the streets of frantic 21st-century London, I know what's under them.

Flora Spiegel (March 2010)

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3-4 Years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 6, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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