How to Apply

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

*Applications are still open for entry in April 2021 for subject specific PhDs. For entry in October 2021 onwards the application form has been amalgamated into one application for the 'PhD in English'.*

Once you have submitted your online application form you will be sent an email with details on how to access your Self-Service Account.

The final deadline for submitting applications for entry in October 2021 is 7 January 2021.

Please note that Faculty members cannot accept applicants as supervisees before a full application has been submitted. You do not need to have advance approval of a Faculty member before you apply as you can nominate one or more potential supevisors on the application form.

Supporting Documents

First Academic Reference

Second Academic Reference

Transcript - If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Applicants for the MPhil are expected to achieve a high 2.1 honours degree or the equivalent. Applicants for the PhD are expected to achieve a Master's degree, preferably at merit level or the equivalent.

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 500-800 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.


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