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Graduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £65 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Please note that although prospective graduate students may wish to look at the list of faculty members' research interests before they decide to apply, supervisors aren't appointed until after the candidate has been accepted and can't appoint themselves to supervise a project in advance.

It is the responsibility of the committee considering research applications to match appropriate supervisors to research projects.

Selection Process

Applications will be considered together after each funding deadline has passed with the majority of decisions made by early February. Later applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Research proposal
    "Please submit an 800-word research proposal. Information on how to write a research proposal and examples of previous, successful proposals can be found on the following website http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/research_prop.htm"
  • Sample of work (max. 5)
    Please submit a sample of work which can be one long piece or several shorter essays amounting to around 5,000-7,000 words

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of English

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

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

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

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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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