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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.

Selection Process

All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions). However, the CDT operates internal review dates twice a year, normally from December to February in order to make decisions on offers and to allocate funding. Each year the deadlines to submit applications for consideration in the two internal review rounds are advertised on the CDT website.

Any applications received after these internal review deadline dates will be considered but funding opportunities may be limited.‎

Applicants who apply by the internal review deadline dates can expect to receive a decision between late Jan-Feb. Some applicants may be put on a waitlist for further consideration after the internal review rounds, should an appropriate project become available. Suitable applicants will be contacted to seek their agreement to be held on the waitlist on the understanding that a decision may only be available by the start of the Easter term.

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

Selected candidates will be interviewed by Skype, telephone 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

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

You will choose your supervisor at the end of your first year.

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Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

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

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Application – related enquiries

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 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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