How to Apply

To start the application process you must first visit the Graduate Admissions website where you will be able to access the online application facility.

Application forms for entry in October 2017 will be available from 5 September 2016.

Once you have submitted your online application form you will be sent an email with details on how to access your Self-Service Account. You will have 7 days from submission of your application to upload all mandatory documents.

The final deadline for submitting applications for entry in October 2017 is 5 January 2017.

*If you wish to be considered for AHRC or CHSS funding please submit your application AND your supporting documents by 5 January 2017*

Supporting Documents

First Academic Reference

Second Academic Reference


Evidence of Competence in English
If English is not your first language. This is not required if you are continuing from a Cambridge graduate course to the PhD

Research Proposal
Enter a title and a short summary of your intended research on the online application form then submit a full research proposal as part of your supporting documents. This should be 500 words for an MPhil or 800 words for a PhD.

Sample of Academic Work
This can be one long piece or several shorter essays ideally related to your proposed research.

Personal Reference
This is only required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Applying for the PhD

If you are applying for the PhD please state precisely which of the area you are applying for on your research proposal i.e.

Modern and Contemporary Literature

18th Century and Romantic Literature

Renaissance Literature

Medieval Literature

American Literature

Criticism and Culture

Please note that if you are applying for the PhD you may be asked to interview in person, by telephone or by Skype.