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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Political Thought and Intellectual History is no longer accepting new applications.

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.

Processing times

Candidates are strongly advised to apply as early as possible. We consider applications on a rolling basis (as they are received) and Supervisors can only take on limited numbers of students.

While we try to process all applications as quickly as possible, it can take between six and eight weeks for the Faculty to process an application for admission.


While interviews are not generally required for MPhil students in the Faculty of History, they may be held at the discretion of the Faculty or supervisor.

Selection Process

All applications are considered first by the Director of the MPhil who will make an initial recommendation, and who will nominate a potential supervisor to be asked to provide a second opinion. 

Where the Faculty wish to admit an applicant, a suitable supervisor must be found who has expertise in the proposed area of research. In some cases, applications will be sent to multiple supervisors before an appropriate match can be found. Sometimes good candidates cannot be admitted because an appropriate supervisor is not available.

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
  • Personal development questionnaire
  • Sample of work (max. 2)
    Applicants should provide a sample of written work, in English. This is usually a thesis or one or two long essays. There is no set minimum or maximum word count for the writing sample(s), we simply recommend that students select one or two pieces of work that best represent their writing style. It is sensible (but not obligatory) to choose a piece of work which is at least roughly in the subject area in which you plan to do research.
  • Research proposal
    Applicants should provide a research proposal of 600–1,000 words which includes the following: a simple and descriptive title for the proposed research; a rationale for the research; a brief historiographic context; and an indication of the sources likely to be used. Please title this document ‘Statement of Intended Research’. Applicants are encouraged to nominate a preferred supervisor, and are invited to contact members of the Faculty in advance of submitting their application to discuss their project (see our Academic Directory: Please note, this does not guarantee acceptance on to the course, nor that the student will be allocated to the nominated supervisor if admitted.

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.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of History


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 4, 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. 14, 2019

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