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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Philosophy is no longer accepting new applications.


One to one supervision

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

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


The Faculty conducts a wide range of research seminars and lectures. Students are encouraged to attend these as appropriate to their interests.

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 full-time study or five to seven years of part-time study. A PhD thesis in Philosophy must be not more than 80,000 words, including appendices and footnotes but excluding bibliography.


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

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
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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