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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Philosophy is no longer accepting new applications.

The full-time PhD course offers close supervision and extensive training, and is the standard entrance to the academic profession. The Faculty welcomes applications for this degree in a wide range of philosophical areas. The PhD culminates in the production of a thesis of up to 80,000 words,  to be submitted after three or four years of study.  An oral examination will be conducted on the subject of the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.


Candidates currently studying for the MPhil are welcome to apply while at Cambridge to continue to the PhD. Such applications are considered alongside external applications.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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