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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Philosophy is no longer accepting new applications.


One to one supervision

PhD students should expect to meet with their main supervisor roughly twice, or more,  per term, and with their shadow supervisor on an ad hoc basis.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


Students are encouraged to attend any research seminars and undergraduate lectures relevant to their

Small group teaching

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


PhD students are given regular feedback from their supervisors, as well as more detailed feedback following their registration review, and subsequent reviews in terms five and seven.


Thesis / Dissertation

The PhD culminates in the production of a thesis submitted after three or four years of study. A PhD thesis in Philosophy must be not fewer than 50,000 and not more than 80,000 words, including appendices and references.


An oral examination will be conducted on the subject of the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
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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