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Preparing Your Graduate Application

Contacting the Prospective Supervisor with whom you wish to work with

Applicants are advised to contact the prospective supervisor with whom they wish to work with by e-mail before they start the application process. Applicants can contact more than one academic member of staff if they wish to. Applicants are advised to introduce themselves and to prepare a draft research proposal as the premise for further discussion. The prospective supervisor may contact the applicant if they feel their research proposal is viable either by e-mail or by Skype.

The Graduate Application Process

All graduate applications i.e. the GRADSAF and supporting documentation must be submitted via CamSIS, which is the University of Cambridge’s Centralised Database system. This applies to both MPhil and PhD applicants. Please see below the following documentation which needs to be submitted with the GRADSAF for the MPhil and for the PhD. Please ensure that each of your documents is complete and that you submit all of your documents at the same time: this is very important in the application process. For information on how to submit your application, please refer to the webpage below:

http://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/applying/submitting

 

For the MPhil:

Together with your GRADSAF, you must upload the following supporting documents onto your CamSIS Self-Service page:

  •   The original transcript scores from your Undergraduate Degree.
  •  A separate dissertation research proposal (maximum of 400 words).
  •  One sample of your written work (maximum of 3,000 words).
  •  An IELTS or TOEFL test score if English is not your first language.
  •  Two academic references. These are uploaded by your referees.
  •  Attainment of Languages: Simply list the languages you have and your level i.e. proficient, intermediate-level, basic level etc.

For the PhD:

Together with your GRADSAF, you must upload the following supporting documents onto your CamSIS Self-Service page:

  •  The original transcript scores from your Undergraduate Degree and Master’s Degree.
  •  A separate dissertation research proposal (maximum of 600 words).
  •  One sample of your written work (maximum of 3,000 words).
  •  An IELTS or TOEFL test score if English is not your first language.
  •  Two academic references. These are uploaded by your referees.
  •  Attainment of Languages: Simply list the languages you have and your level i.e. proficient, intermediate-level, basic level etc.

Research Proposal

Your research proposal must be written in clear English and describe your proposed research project. Please state clearly your research questions, the significance and originality of your project and what you would like to accomplish. Please ensure that you discuss the project with your prospective supervisor before you submit your complete graduate application onto your CamSIS Self-Service page.

Sample of written work

The sample of written work can include any piece of academic writing completed by the applicant: for example, a chapter of an undergraduate or graduate dissertation or a published article. If you submit unpublished work, please ensure that it is graded (by your teacher or your supervisor) and signed by you the applicant.