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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.

Other criteria for admission:

  • Suitability of proposed research to Cambridge
  • Availability of suitable supervisor at Cambridge

Although applications for the PhD open on 2 September,  with the exception of applicants from the United States (and resident in the US) who wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship in the US round, applicants should not normally expect to receive a decision until after the course application deadline has passed. The majority of decisions are made by the end of March.

Applicants should be aware of funding deadlines, which may be earlier than the course deadline. Late applications will not be considered for funding, even if made within the course application deadline.

An interview (either by Skype, telephone or in person) may take place before reaching a decision on whether or not to recommend to the Graduate Admissions Office that a formal offer of admission be made.

Selection Process

With the exception of applicants from the United States (and resident in the USA) who wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship in the US round, applications are normally considered on a gathered field after the course application deadline has passed.  The majority of decisions are made by the end of March.

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 upload a research proposal of between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length.
  • Reasons for applying (1500 characters)
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)

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

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Law

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2019
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. 9, 2019

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