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Faculty of Philosophy


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Prospective Postgraduates: Entry for 2021 now closes

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day normally takes place in November. For 2020, the Open Day was a virtual event, and is expected to be again in 2021.  You can find more information here about the Postgraduate Open Day and other events. Offer holders, and prospective applicants may also find the Virtual Tour a useful resource.

The Faculty accepts postgraduate students as candidates for the MPhil or PhD degrees. Many postgraduate students start by doing the MPhil. This provides them with a solid background for doctoral research. Applicants for the MPhil must have the equivalent of a good 2i BA Honours Degree (i.e. at least 67%/GPA 3.6) with a minimum of two years' undergraduate study in Philosophy (10 courses in the USA), although in practice, most accepted applicants will have gained a first in their undergraduate degree. Students who already hold a masters degree in philosophy, in addition to the above, may apply for the PhD.

All applications must be made via the applicant portal available on the Postgraduate Admissions Office website.

It is important that you read through the information available on the Postgraduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application. Further useful information about the Cambridge postgraduate application process can also be found in the Postgraduate Guide 2020.

If you are seeking funding for your course, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each funding competition. Please check the Student Registry funding webpages for details of eligibility and the Funding Overview section of the Postgraduate Admissions Office website for application deadlines. If you are considering applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, but are unsure whether you are eligible or would like to discuss your application, please contact the .

The final deadline for applicants for 2021 entry was 3rd December 2020, but an earlier deadline applies for US applicants wishing to apply for Gates funding.

The Faculty considers all applications to both the MPhil and PhD on a gathered field basis, once the course deadline has passed. Applicants should expect to receive a decision within 12 weeks of the course deadline. The application deadlines for admission in October 2021 were as follows:

14th October 2020 United States applicants wishing to apply for Gates funding
3rd December 2020 Final deadline for all other funding applications


Full details are to be found in our Course Information for Prospective Postgraduate Students.  Please note that Course Information is a supplement to the University Postgraduate Prospectus. Applications for 2022 entry will open at the beginning of September 2021.

More details about our MPhil programme can be found here within the School of Arts and Humanities Master’s brochure.