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Politics and International Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

I fully expected my year in Cambridge to be the most exciting and enriching experience in my educational career, so when I say it was beyond anything I could have imagined, know that I say this having imagined quite a lot. The MPhil program itself is structured in a way that allows an impressive amount of freedom in terms of areas of study within the incredibly broad field of International Relations. For the taught portion, the professors are excellent and are given the opportunity to teach in their respective areas of expertise--in which many of them are among the world's leading authorities. For the research portion, being advised on a subject of independent research by such a formative member of the field (in my case, Public International Law) yielded both the incredibly fulfilling experience of crafting a graduate research project of which I am very proud, and the fostering of a mentoring relationship, the guidance of which I will value throughout my career.

My classmates were a central part this journey. Students from various disciplines and life experiences came together in the same space to create dynamic and challenging classroom discussions, pushing each other to question assumptions, broaden understandings, and create new paradigms for viewing the world we study. They not only are comrades I anticipate having as future colleagues, but people who I feel so fortunate to count as some of my dearest friends. There is truly no way to capture this remarkable year in so few words, but let me end by saying the MPhil brought me memories I will cherish for the rest of my life and is an experience for which I will eternally be so very thankful.

Christine Carpenter (July 2018)

I was attracted to the program at Cambridge due to the wide range of faculty expertise that seemed available, ranging across topics in international relations, political theory, and comparative politics.

Upon arriving in Cambridge, my impression was affirmed. Alongside a vast offering of lectures and seminars, the experience at Cambridge offers a never-ending stream of workshops and talks from local and visiting scholars. As a student at the university, I had access to experts in every field. Professors were exceptionally helpful and welcoming, and my supervisor went out of her way to provide me with sustained feedback.

Collectively, these factors contributed to my year in Cambridge being a memorable intellectual journey, an ongoing conversation that culminated in a significant intellectual project and with many ideas for future research.

Having graduated from Cambridge, I am now pursuing a PhD in political theory at the University of Chicago. When I think about my current academic interests and my long-term goals, I find that many of them were shaped during my year at Cambridge. When I communicate with my fellow recent graduates of the MPhil program, I discover that they, too, continue to carry and implement the ideas born during the stimulating months at POLIS.

Ibrahim Khan (July 2018)

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9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 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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