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Students work individually with supervisors to write two research essays: the first of up to 4,000 words and the second of up to 8,000 words; and a dissertation of up to 12,000 words. The first essay is due at the end of the Michaelmas term, the second at the end of the Lent term; and the dissertation is due at the end of Easter term. Students are also required to take part in a regular seminar,  in which they learn presentation and discussion skills by presenting their own research, and by discussing presentations given by other students in the MPhil group.

One to one supervision

Approximately 12 individual supervision hours per year.

Seminars & classes

A minimum of 30 seminar hours per year.

Lectures

The Faculty conducts a wide range of research seminars and letures, which students are encouraged to attend as appropriate.

Small group teaching

Students are offered optional workshops in teaching skills and other transferable skills.

Feedback

Students receive feedback from the supervisors of each of their three pieces of work (two research essays: the first of up to 4,000 words and the second of up to 8,000 words; and a dissertation of up to 12,000 words), typically meeting their supervisor about four times for each piece of work. They also receive feedback and termly reports from an overall advisor, and marks and examiners' reports for each of their pieces of work.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

MPhil students submit a dissertation of up to 12,000 words at the end of Easter term. The examination includes a viva (oral examination).

Essays

MPhil students submit two research essays: the first of up to 4,000 words is due at the end of Michaelmas term, and the second of up to 8,000 words is due at the end of Lent term.

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9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
April 28, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.


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