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Prospective Graduates

Prospective Graduates:   Entry 2017

The University of Cambridge Graduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 2nd November. Please book your place here if you would like to attend.

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 January 2016. The AHRC application form can found here.

The final deadline for applicants is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU).

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 2017 are as follows:

12th October 2016 United States applicants wishing to apply for  funding
7th December 2016 All other overseas and EU (excluding UK) applicants wishing to apply for Gates/CISS/CCT/COT funding

4th January 2017

Final deadline for all other applications (including AHRC DTP/CHESS).

Please note that all your supporting documents and references must be uploaded within 7 days of submitting your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents, including your references are submitted by the due date.

After submitting your online application form, there may be a delay of up to 48 hours before you are able to access your self-service account and submit your supporting documentation.

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