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Prospective Graduates

Prospective Graduates:   Entry 2018

The University of Cambridge Graduate Open Day for 2018 entry took place on Friday 3rd November 2017. You can find more information here about Open Days and events.

The Faculty accepts graduate students as candidates for the MPhil or PhD degrees. Many graduate 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' study in Philosophy (10 courses in the USA). Students who already hold a research preparation masters degree in philosophy, in addition to the above, may apply for the PhD.

All applications must be made via the online application form available (GRADSAF) on the Graduate Admissions Office website.

It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application.

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 Graduate Admissions Office website for application deadlines.

If you wish to be considered for AHRC funding, please note that you are required to complete an additional AHRC application form, and upload this with your application supporting documents by 6th December 2017. The AHRC application form can found here.

The final deadline for applicants for 2018 entry was 6th December 2017, but an earlier deadline will apply for US applicants wishing to apply for Gates funding.

Please note that all applications should be made nine to twelve months in advance of the start date of the course. The application deadlines for admission in October 2018 were as follows:

12th October 2017 United States applicants wishing to apply for  funding
6th December 2017 Final deadline for all other applications (including any applications from UK, EU or Overseas students for AHRC/CHESS/ Gates/CISS/CCT/COT funding)


Full details are to be found in our Philosophy Graduate Prospectus. Please note that our prospectus is a supplement to the University Graduate Prospectus.

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