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Postgraduate Admissions

Cambridge is an unparalleled place to undertake a PhD in medieval literature and culture.  The medieval manuscript and book holdings of the University and Colleges are outstanding, and the Faculty includes a lively community of scholars of the material text and digital culture. Former medievalists include the scholars W.W. Skeat and C.S. Lewis; current medievalists in the Faculty, many of whom are recent appointments, have a diverse research expertise. This enables us to nurture research in many different areas, using a variety of critical, theoretical and interdisciplinary practices. We have a keen and energetic community of postgraduate students and everyone works hard to foster dialogue and a sense of intellectual community. All undergraduates study at least one medieval paper, which ensures teaching opportunities are available to PhD students. Training in teaching and in many other aspects of professional life are offered to all. Our postgraduate students run an independent reading group and they have an excellent track record in becoming leading scholars in the field. Faculty members welcome applications to study many topics within the field; we are happy to be approached to discuss potential applicants’ plans, and to tell you more about what Cambridge has to offer.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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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:

Lent 2021

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.

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

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