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One to one supervision

All PhD students are assigned a supervisor and an advisor. The supervisor and student are expected to meet approximately eight times per year. The advisor 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 one or more of the Research Seminars which run throughout the year. This will be approximately 15 hours per year.

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

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

Submission of a 60,000–80,000-word thesis followed by an oral examination (viva).

Other

Students are required to pass a registration assessment at the end of their first year. The student's advisor 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.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2023
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2024

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

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.


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