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Graduate Admissions

With its experienced and energetic community of students and faculty, its outstanding libraries, and its strong and continuing tradition of excellence in Medieval studies, the Faculty of English at Cambridge is an ideal place to study for a PhD in the literature of this period. Medieval literature is central to the Faculty at every level. The Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (founded for CS Lewis in 1954) ensures leadership.

All undergraduates study at least one Medieval paper, which ensures teaching opportunities are available to PhD students. Training in teaching and in other aspects of professional life (such as presentation skills) are all available. Our postgraduate students have an excellent track record in becoming leading scholars, and while they are in Cambridge they have been a dynamic and successful group.

An independent seminar (the Medieval Reading Group) and an online journal (Marginalia) testify to their energy and commitment. Faculty members have a wide range of interests and welcome applications to study all topics within the field. They are happy to be approached to discuss potential applicants’ plans, and to tell them more about what Cambridge has to offer.

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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:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 2, 2019

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
April 26, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

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

Easter 2020

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
July 31, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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