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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

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


The required elements of the course consist of two seminars in both Michaelmas and Lent term selected from the course options offered. Students may substitute one of the two courses required per term from another MPhil in the English Faculty or from another faculty subject to the approval of the convenor.

In addition to the mandatory seminars, students must attend the Resources and Methods classes and the Dissertation Workshops in Lent term.

Participants on the MPhil are required to attend a minimum of ten sessions selected from the fortnightly Graduate Research Seminars for the year which must include the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Graduate Seminar.

One to one supervision

At least eight one-to-one hours per year.

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

Seminars & classes

54 hours per year.


Each student has a supervisor who gives advice on planning the year’s work and the dissertation in particular. Advice on the coursework essay is given by the convenor of the appropriate class and further supervision is offered by the dissertation supervisor, who reads a draft. Documentation offering specifications and guidance in relation to each element of assessed work is provided to students.

Progress is monitored through the discussion with each student of draft sections of their dissertations by their supervisor and through submitted work. The short written exercise, which is submitted in the Michaelmas term, receives feedback from the supervisor; the first course-work essay, which is submitted at the end of Michaelmas term, is returned with two examiners' comments at the beginning of Lent term; the Lent-term coursework essay is returned with two  examiners' comments at the beginning of Easter term. Supervisors write termly reports online which can be accessed by the student.



A 12,000–15,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of Easter term which contributes 50 per cent to the final mark.


A short written exercise which is marked on a pass or resubmission basis.

Two 5,000-word essays. One is submitted at the end of Michaelmas term the other at the end of Lent term. These relate to the work pursued in the seminars taken and contribute 20 per cent and 30 per cent respectively to the final mark.

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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