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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.

All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions). 

Please note that applications are only accepted for Michaelmas Term entry.

Selection Process

Applicants should expect to hear whether they have been successful within twelve weeks following the submission of their completed application and required supporting documents.

Selected candidates will be interviewed remotely or in person.

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.* You are encouraged to look at the course structure page on the MPhil SC website (https://mphil.csc.cam.ac.uk/course_structure/) before applying, and state in the ‘Statement of Interest’ section whether you are interested to follow the ‘atomistic’ or ‘continuum’ stream. You may also state your preference for a research project area or topic, however this is not compulsory
  • Sample of work (2)
    Please upload any relevant coursework or papers that you have completed. However, please do not upload a thesis.

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.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

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

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

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
Jan. 4, 2024
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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