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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Applications are considered when they are received (rolling admissions).

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Research proposal
    A statement of intended research of between 500 and 1000 words. This can be an indication of which proposed topic (http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/graduate/mphil/dissertation.html) the student wishes to research, together with any of their own ideas they wish to bring to the topic, why they wish to research that topic, and their experience in that area. Where students have their own proposed research, this statement must include a clear and concise outline of the possible dissertation topic, the candidate's reasons for choosing the topic including relevant experience and expertise, the principal sources of information, fieldwork requirements (if appropriate), and research methods.
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
  • Sample of work (max. 1)
    You will be asked to upload a sample of your work (between 3,000 and 5,000 words) that shows your capacity to prepare and write a critical scholarly argument, using customary scholarly apparatus (footnotes etc.) to a standard necessary to undertake a Master's level research degree. In the case of mature students hoping to return to university after some years away, a professional report on a subject related to the Polar Regions will also be accepted for consideration as part of the application.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
March 29, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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