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Postgraduate Study

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One to one supervision

All PhD students are assigned a supervisor and an adviser. The supervisor and student are expected to meet approximately ten times per year. The adviser will be involved with the registration assessment at the end of the first year and formal advisory meetings annually thereafter.

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

Seminars & classes

PhD students are expected to attend the Research Seminars which run in Michaelmas and Lent terms; these total approximately 15 hours per year.  PhD students additionally have access to a diverse set of research-led seminars and lectures, guest seminars, and practice-driven workshops; including the bi-annual CDH Distinguished Lecture Series and training sessions provided by the CDH and the University Library. 


In addition to supervision meetings, each student receives a supervision report at the end of each term via the online CamSIS reporting system.


Thesis / Dissertation

Submission of a maximum 80,000-word thesis (including all notes and figures, but excluding the bibliography) followed by an oral examination (viva). Appendices, which may for example include video, media, process journals or web projects, catalogues, extracts from digital critical editions, may also be submitted as supporting material demonstrating work done with prior permission (requests via CAMSIS). Appendices do not contribute to the word count.


Students are required to pass a registration assessment at the end of their first year. The student's adviser and another assessor will scrutinize a Registration Portfolio which includes an account of the year’s work,  a statement of the object and scope of the PhD, and a specimen of written work. They will then meet with the student to discuss the Registration Portfolio.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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