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Application process

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. A full academic staff directory with contact details can be found here.

All graduate applications must be submitted via CamSIS, which is the University of Cambridge’s Centralised Database system.

General information about how to apply, including a link to the CAMSIS, can be found here

When completing the Applicant Portal, applicants must indicate two College choices (first and reserve); more information on college membership can be found here

You will be asked to provide several supporting documents as part of the application process, which are outlined below. After an applicant has uploaded and submitted their complete Applicant Portal and supporting documentation, they will receive an automated confirmation e-mail from the Graduate Admissions team. All graduate applications are processed centrally by the Graduate Admissions Office and then made available to the Faculty. All graduate applications are then assessed and reviewed internally by the Faculty’s Degree Committee who decide whether to accept or reject an application.

Any applicants who the Degree Committee wish to make an offer to must be interviewed either in person or via Skype. Shortly after an applicant's graduate application has been reviewed by the Degree Committee, the applicants CamSIS Self-Service page is updated with either a conditional offer or a reject. This process can sometimes take a while after their application has been reviewed by the Degree Committee regardless of the applicant’s date of submission.

Any applicants who have been given a conditional offer of acceptance by the Faculty and who are deemed to be outstanding will then be considered for funding (depending on their funding status). It is essential that applicants who wish to be considered for funding tick the relevant boxes in Section B of their Applicant Portal otherwise they cannot be entered for funding competitions.

Supporting Documents 

The supporting documents you will be asked to provide are:

  •  The original transcript scores from your Undergraduate Degree.
  •  A separate dissertation research proposal (maximum of 400 words).
  •  Two samples of your work:
    • One to be a sample of written work (max. 3000 words. The sample of written work can include any piece of academic writing completed by the applicant. If you submit unpublished work, please ensure that it is graded by your teacher/supervisor and signed by you, the applicant.)
    • One to be an extended research proposal.
  •  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.

Application Deadlines

If you are seeking funding for your course, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each funding competition. Further information on this can be found on the funding section of our website. Generally, the funding application deadline is 4th January 2018.

Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 4th January, as no applications will be accepted once programmes are full. Applicants should note that applications cannot be considered for a programme once the course has met its quota. If places are still available after the funding deadline, self-funded applicants can continue to apply until the final deadline date of 31 May 2018.