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Course closed:

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics by Advanced Study is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil by Advanced Study course was varied and enjoyable, whilst still challenging: we were able to choose from a large variety of classes in all different subfields of linguistics. I particularly appreciated how the course started with a term of breadth and new material, before narrowing down to more in-depth seminars associated with our dissertation topics. The staff and my lab were friendly and supportive - I'm very happy to be working with them for another three years.

(current PhD student, TAL)

Maddy Rees (May 2021)

The MPhil offered all that I expected from Cambridge: outstanding teaching, vast research resources, and inspirational ideas for life.

(Former TAL MPhil student)

Roberto B. Sileo (April 2018)

Living abroad and handling an intensive course simultaneously does not come without stress. But I have grown so much through all the knowledge sharing, generous academic support and hearty friendship over the nine months that it has proved to be the most enriching year of my life.

(Former TAL MPhil student)

Cherry Lam (April 2018)

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Feb. 22, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
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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