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Postgraduate Admissions


Students are required to take one core or two optional MPhil modules from the range offered within the Department and the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP).

One to one supervision

Students will receive up to four hours of supervision for each taught module and additional supervision relating specifically to their dissertation.

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


Each MPhil module typically consists of 16 hours of lectures. Students undertaking the MPhil in Land Economy, Research take two modules equating to 32 hours across the year. Taught components offered by the SSRMP vary in length, more details on contact time can be found on the SSRMP website.


Supervisors of graduate students provide formal feedback on progress via the Cambridge Graduate Student Reporting System (termly reports) and more informally through face-to-face meetings or by email.


Thesis / Dissertation

A dissertation of 20,000 words.


An essay of no more than 4,000 words and one workbook of assessment of research methods teaching. Students also take two optional modules which will be assessed by coursework. Assignments or practical assessments may be set for modules offered by the SSRMP.

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Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Land Economy

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
March 2, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
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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