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Course closed:

Planetary Science and Life in the Universe is no longer accepting new applications.

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

Applicants for early funding competitions - such as the Gates Cambridge US round, for US citizens resident in the US - should apply by the relevant deadline for that funding source and will be assessed separately.

All other applications will be assessed on a rolling basis from January. Applicants should normally expect to hear whether they have been successful within 12 weeks of the course application deadline.

Please note that applications are only accepted for Michaelmas Term entry (early October 2024).

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
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
    Please provide information about your motivation for applying for this course and outline relevant experience and interests.* Applicants should state their choice of course pathway in the 'Statement of interest' section of the application form. Their choice must be identified at this stage, so that their application can be forwarded to an appropriate academic for consideration.
  • Extra materials
    It is mandatory for all applicants to also complete and upload this questionnaire: Please copy and paste the link into your browser, complete the form, then save and upload it using the 'Choose file' button. For more information about what the pilot aims to do and how your data will be used, please see here:

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.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Institute of Astronomy 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
May 16, 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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