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Prospective Graduates

Prospective Graduates:   Entry  for 2020 now open

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day for 2020 entry will take place on Friday 1 November 2019. You can find more information here about the Postgraduate Open Day and other 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' undergraduate study in Philosophy (10 courses in the USA). 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 Graduate Admissions Office website.

It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate 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 Graduate 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 2020 entry is 3rd December 2019, but an earlier deadline applies 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 2020 are as follows:

9th October 2019 United States applicants wishing to apply for Gates funding
3rd December 2019 Final deadline for all other funding applications


Full details are to be found in our Course Information for Prospective Graduate Students.  Please note that Course Information is a supplement to the University Graduate Prospectus. Applications for 2020 entry will open at the beginning of September 2019.

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