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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Education (Research in Second Language Education) is no longer accepting new applications.


The route is composed of two key elements:

  • the research methods training (RMS) course
  • the Research in Second Language Education (RSLE) thematic route course

Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content.  The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and supervisions.

One to one supervision

Nine hours for the year.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The route involves 96 hours of face-to-face teaching for the year. This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty, two or three times a week in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. There is only a small amount of teaching in the Easter term when students are writing up their theses.


In the Easter term students are required to give short presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and detailed feedback is provided. Students submit two essays and a thesis. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.



The thesis is up to 20,000 words in length and submitted in mid-July.

Where a candidate receives a provisional fail mark, an oral examination is required.


Two essays of at least 6,000 and not more than 6,500 words each (one submitted at the end of the Michaelmas term and one at the end of the Lent term). 


Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Feb. 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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