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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 £70 application fee. Further information on application fees 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.

Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by the funding deadline. If places are still available beyond this deadline, self-funded applicants may apply until 2 June.

Selection Process

Applications from candidates are considered in batches, following each of the main funding deadlines.  Applications received after the funding deadline are considered on a rolling basis.  

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
  • Research proposal (M)
    Please upload a 500–1000-word research proposal.
  • Sample of work (1)
    Please upload a sample of recent research writing of approximately 5,000–10,000 words. The sample can be either an essay produced during masters-level studies or a section of a dissertation, and must be a single-authored work.

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

All applicants who are admitted to the Faculty will be assigned a Supervisor to work with them and support them in their research. It is recommended that applicants informally approach a potential Supervisor to discuss their proposed research project in advance of applying.  Applicants are encouraged to consult the Academic staff pages to help identify a suitable potential supervisor.  If needed, advice may be requested from the Graduate Teaching and Examinations Officer (GTEO) in the relevant area of study - please see the Academic Contacts section of the Postgraduate Contacts page.

When completing the online application for admission, applicants should nominate a Supervisor with whom they wish to work, and the Faculty will take into account this preference. However please note that this does not guarantee that the Supervisor will be appointed. In June/July each year the MMLL Degree Committee will monitor the supervision load for each member of academic staff in the faculty and in some cases may need to appoint another suitable Supervisor.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

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.

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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