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Graduate Admissions


The MPhil course of study includes lectures, seminars and individual supervision, with teaching provided by University and College lecturers. The MPhil comprises a Core Course and four taught modules of your choice.

One to one supervision

10 to 12 hours of individual supervision per year.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Approx. 62 hours per year.


10 hours per year.


Not applicable, although you may wish to carry out some research or fieldwork towards your thesis in Latin America during the Easter vacation period, depending upon your research topic. Fieldwork is expensive, however, and although some funding sources are available to offer small travel grants, students should expect to incur some costs themselves.


Students will receive feedback via the individual essay and thesis supervisions, with detailed feedback provided by examiners for all coursework.

Students should expect to receive formal termly progress reports from their principal supervisor on their thesis writing and research, with more regular feedback provided on an ongoing basis via email or in face-to-face meetings.



Each candidate for the MPhil is required to submit an original thesis on an approved topic. On application students are asked to submit a thesis proposal (500 words) and, subject to the success of an application, will be assigned a thesis supervisor as part of the admissions process. In some cases, further study may lead to a change of topic and even to a consequential change of supervisor. The provisional title for the thesis must be agreed between candidate and supervisor by the end of the Lent term (mid-March). Theses submitted for the MPhil in Latin American Studies must not exceed 15,000 words, including footnotes, tables, and any appendices but excluding the bibliography, and must be written in English.

The thesis counts for 50 per cent of the overall mark awarded for the degree.


Students write one essay over the course of the first term and two essays during the second term. Each essay must be no more than 5,000 words long, including notes, but excluding bibliography, tables, and appendices, and must be written in English. 

The three essays combined count for 50 per cent of the overall mark awarded for the degree.


An oral examination must take place if the thesis is in danger of failing or if the internal and external examiners cannot agree on a recommendation. Moreover, an oral examination must be held in any case where a candidate who, because of a borderline or failing performance in the compulsory essay examinations, needs to achieve high performance in the thesis examination in order to qualify for the award of the MPhil degree.

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Key Information

9 months full-time

21 months part-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:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 30, 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. 9, 2019

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