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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 application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, 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 considered as they are received, but early offers are only made to the very strongest applicants, with the remainder of the offers drawn from a gathered field from March onwards. Applicants will be notified if they are in this category. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as early as possible.

Admission is subject to an interview with a senior member of academic staff. This interview will normally take place online, but may also be conducted by phone or in person. Interviews are typically organised around November/December and March.

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
  • History and Philosophy of Science - statement of purpose (upload)
    The statement of purpose, of about 600 words, should indicate which topics you would pursue in the MPhil. Please tell us about possible essay and dissertation topics you might pursue on the course, why you are interested in them, and some preliminary ideas about how you might carry them out. We will not treat the statement as a formal proposal but it will help us understand your motivations for taking the MPhil and how well prepared you are for postgraduate-level research. You may also include a preliminary PhD research proposal if you are planning to continue to a PhD after completing the MPhil course.
  • Sample of work (1)
    You should submit one example of your written work, such as an essay or an extract from a dissertation, in an area relevant to the studies you wish to pursue. The sample should be no longer than 10,000 words. You may submit an essay you have written specifically for this application, but please indicate if this is the case. The sample must be entirely your own work, fully referenced and in English.

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

It is not necessary to have contacted a prospective supervisor prior to submitting an application.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of History and Philosophy of Science This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Feb. 28, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
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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