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Faculty of Philosophy


Prospective Postgraduates: Entry for 2022 is now closed. Applications for 2023 will open in September 2022. Information about the last admissions round is included below.

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Days took place this year from 1-14 November. During the Open Days applicants were be able to access webinars, videos and resources from departments and Colleges. These sessions and resources helped applicants to learn more about the courses on offer, hear from students about life as a postgraduate student at Cambridge, discover funding opportunities and explore the Colleges and other University facilities using the 360 photography and videos on the Virtual Tour. Applicants 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 2022 entry is 2nd December 2021, but an earlier deadline applied for US applicants who wished 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 2022 are as follows:

13th October 2021 United States applicants wishing to apply for Gates funding
2nd December 2021 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 opened 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.