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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 £75 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.

Selection Process

Applications will be considered together after each funding deadline has passed with the majority of decisions made by mid February. Applications submitted after the funding deadline will be considered by the Department within 12 weeks on  a rolling basis.

Applications will pass directly to consideration by the Degree Committee before being accepted or rejected.

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)
    Please submit a 500-word research proposal. Information on how to write a research proposal and examples of previous, successful proposals can be found on the following webpage: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/research_prop.htm
  • Sample of work (max. 5)
    Please submit a sample of work which can be one long piece or several shorter essays amounting to around 5,000–7,000 words.

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

Please note that although prospective postgraduate students may wish to look at the list of faculty members' research interests before they decide to apply, supervisors aren't appointed until after the candidate has been accepted and cannot appoint themselves to supervise a project in advance. For a list of Faculty members, see here.

It is the responsibility of the admissions committee to consider research applications and to match appropriate supervisors to research projects.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 6, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

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


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