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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

English Studies: 18th Century and Romantic Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in 18th-Century and Romantic Studies provides a nine-month course of literary study in "the long eighteenth century" (roughly 1688 to 1832), the period of Enlightenment and the rise of Romanticism, during which many of the structures of our modern world were formed. The course, which consists of seminars and classes together with individual study and supervision, allows students to range widely across a rich array of literary and intellectual sources.

Training in relevant research skills is included. Students will have access to the magnificent resources of the Cambridge University Library, one of the few copyright libraries in the UK, as well as to many special holdings in College libraries. They will be able to take courses from other selected MPhils and to attend lectures in the English Faculty and in related faculties such as History, Classics, Modern Languages, History of Art, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

developed a deeper knowledge of  British 18th-century and romantic literature in general, and of their chosen area of research in particular; and

developed an understanding of critical debates which allows the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field.


MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in English; the minimum academic condition for continuation is a pass in the MPhil course. Other conditions may be imposed.

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.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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