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Postgraduate Study


Find out what types of postgraduate courses we offer and what each level of qualification offers you.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's principal research degree for graduate students and is available in all faculties and departments. Read more

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

There are two types of MPhil on offer at Cambridge: the MPhil by Advanced Study, which includes a taught element, and the MPhil by Dissertation, which is a research-only programme leading to a dissertation. Read more

Master of Research (MRes)

The Master of Research degree prepares prospective PhD candidates for doctoral research in a specific area; a programme of projects, seminars and lectures is offered in an area of research and can be tailored to help the student identify a specific PhD topic. Read more

Master of Advanced Study (MASt)

This is the equivalent of a fourth undergraduate year. Application procedures may vary so please consult the appropriate departments for the latest information. Read more

Master of Letters (MLitt)

The MLitt and MSc are research degrees requiring six full-time (or ten part-time) terms of research. Terms of research are normally consecutive, and, for full-time students, require residency in Cambridge. Not all departments offer part-time research degrees. Read more

Certificate of Postgraduate Study (CPGS)

The Certificate of Postgraduate Study is normally taken as the probationary year of a PhD. However, some departments do offer it as a one year's full-time or five terms' part-time research course in Cambridge. Read more

Master of Studies (MSt)

The MSt is a part-time master's degree, designed for individuals who are typically studying in addition to working full-time, allowing students to develop their professional and academic interests for career progression or diversification and personal development. Read more

Other qualifications

The following qualifications may also be available for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Please check individual course entries for more details.

  • Advanced Diploma
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Corporate Law
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Law
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Surgery
  • Postgraduate Advanced Certificate
  • Postgraduate Award
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma

Doing a PhD is very liberating as you are able to choose exactly what you're going to research instead of following the specific requirements of an undergraduate course.

Krishnan, PhD in Classics