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Faculty of Philosophy


PhD in Philosophy - 2021-22

This page will be used to keep students updated with arrangements for the PhD in Philosophy in 2021-22, and in particular for arrangements made in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. The Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor wrote to students on 30 July 2021 with information on the University's plans for the academic year 2021-22. Additional information on University wide plans for Lent Term 2022 is here.

Students should also consult the University's dedicated page for postgraduate research students, which includes further information about how the Coronavirus outbreak may impact students on PhD courses. This can be found here.

Please note that students who left Cambridge due to the pandemic, and returned home during Easter Term 2020, but were able to continue to work on their PhD, were asked to apply for ‘Leave to Work Away'. Updated guidance on the situations in which PhD students may make applications for Leave to Work Away from Michaelmas Term 2021 onwards are here.

Advice on exceptional circumstances affecting your ability to study in Cambridge in the academic year 2021-22, and the linked criteria for applying for remote study, can be found here.

Important information about the University's Stay Safe Campaign is here.

Details of all the information the University has shared with students and staff about what the University and Colleges are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.


Submission of PhD Theses

  • Students who are ready to submit their PhD thesis will now be asked to submit their softbound thesis via Moodle, and not to the Student Registry. Please contact the for information on how to do this. In recognition that covid-19 may have impacted on their research, students are invited to submit a Research Impact Statement with their softbound thesis. Further information is here
  • Updated details on hardbound and electronic PhD submission during the Coronavirus outbreak are here.
  • Guidance on vivas taking place online is here
  • The Student Registry are aware that PhD students may need to apply for an extension to their submission date, because their work may have been impeded by the Coronavirus outbreak. It is currently recommended that you make this application about six months before your submission deadline.  Information on how to do this, and acceptable reasons for applying for an extension on grounds of COVID-19 are here.
  • Details on Graduation Ceremonies, now taking place in absence due to the Covid outbreak, are here.

Teaching in 2021-22

  • PhD students wishing to attend any Part II lectures or seminars should refer to the information undergraduate teaching and support arrangements in the Faculty of Philosophy for 2021-22, which is here. The Philosophy Faculty lecture list for Lent Term 2022 is here.

Financial support and Well-Being

  • Information for students in need of financial support due to the Coronavirus outbreak can be found here.
  • Information for PhD students considering working while studying is here
  • Wellbeing and welfare information University wide for all students during the Coronavirus outbreak can be found here.
  • The Faculty student well-being and welfare pages are here.


Booking of rooms and desk space in the Faculty


  • Information for students wishing to book a room in the Faculty, or a desk space in the Postgraduate Centre, can be found here.