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Graduate Admissions

The PhD is primarily designed to train students as independent researchers, so that on completion they can claim professional standing as university academic staff or in any other profession requiring skills in advanced research. Many students publish parts of their research after the award of their PhD or en route to it.

All doctoral students undertake a programme of planned research training over the course of their programme, and individual specialised supervision on an agreed topic. Topics could relate to any aspect of the theory, policy and practice of education and may be drawn from any stage between early education and tertiary and professional education, provided there is a suitable supervisor available with relevant expertise in the topic area. Students are also encouraged to play an active role in research seminars, and engage in opportunities for acquiring transferable skills.


Students wishing to continue to the PhD in Education from the MPhil in Education or the Master of Education are normally required to achieve a mark of 70+ for their MPhil or MEd thesis.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 31, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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