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Graduate Admissions

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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.

Selection Process

We expect to organise the majority of our interviews and offers around November, January and March, with applications considered as they are received. Early offers are only made to the very strongest applicants, with the remainder of the offers drawn from a gathered field from March onwards. Applicants will be notified if they are in this category. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as early as possible.

Please note that we may close the admissions round early if we allocate all our places before the final deadline. We therefore strongly recommend that you apply no later than 15 February. If you try to apply after this date you may find that the course has already closed.

Admission is subject to an interview with a senior member of academic staff. The interview may be conducted in person, by phone or online.

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
  • History and Philosophy of Science - statement of purpose (upload)
    The statement of purpose, of about 600 words, should indicate which subject areas you would pursue in the MPhil. This must be uploaded as a supporting document. Please tell us about possible essay and dissertation topics you might pursue on the course, why you are interested in them, and some preliminary ideas about how you might carry them out. We will not treat the statement as a formal proposal but it will help us understand your motivations for taking the MPhil and how well prepared you are for graduate-level research. You may also include a preliminary PhD research proposal if you are planning to continue to the PhD after completing the MPhil course.
  • Sample of work (max. 1)
    You should submit one example of your written work, such as an essay or dissertation, in an area relevant to the studies you wish to pursue. The sample should be no longer than 10,000 words. You may submit an essay you have written specifically for this application, but please indicate if this is the case. The sample must be entirely your own work, fully referenced and in English.

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

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Feb. 25, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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