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Course closed:

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

I took the Cambridge MPhil in 18th Century and Romantic Literature as a sabbatical from my career in the arts, beginning it ten years after I graduated from my undergraduate degree. Going back to university in my
thirties was a treat. Studying in intelligent and stimulating company, taught by word-class scholars, and with long days spent in one of the UK's best libraries – what could be better?

For my dissertation, on early-eighteenth century classical reception, I was supported by regular one-to-one supervisions – a brilliant source of much guidance. But the real joy was the programme of weekly seminars, which introduced me to a range of literature I'd never even heard of. Visiting scholars give talks to audiences of fellow-academics – you could easily fill a week with these alone.

Very quickly, you become part of the Cambridge academic community, which I found to be warm and welcoming – and even featuring some other career-break or career-changing people of all ages. It was certainly a wonderful adventure and change – whether it turns out to be "just" a sabbatical or develops into something else.

Tom Littler (March 2017)

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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