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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 at the beginning of January.  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 in October and January.  Applications received after the January 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)
  • Sample of work (1)

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

Though not compulsory, it is a good idea to try to identify in your application a potential supervisor for your MPhil dissertation by looking at the relevant page on the Faculty website.  This link allows you to search by language and subject area, and to look at the research interests of particular academics. You do not have to contact a potential supervisor before applying, but you should feel free to do so. They can sometimes be a source of useful advice about your research topic or about their own availability as a supervisor. 

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

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Dates and deadlines:

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.

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

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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