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Frequently asked questions

Applying

When should I apply?

We will accept applications from 5 September 2016 for admission in October 2017.

The final deadline for applications is 14 June 2017 for the MPhil and 29 June 2017 for the PhD. It is not possible to apply after these dates.

However, it is likely that we will allocate all our places on the MPhil course before 14 June. We therefore strongly recommend that MPhil applicants apply no later than 15 February 2017 to ensure that their application can be considered.

You will need to apply earlier than these dates if you wish to be considered for funding from certain schemes. See the table below:

5 September 2016 Graduate admissions open
12 October 2016 Gates Cambridge deadline (USA)
7 December 2016 Gates Cambridge deadline (other countries)
Cambridge Trust deadline (overseas)
4 January 2017 Cambridge Trust deadline (EU and UK)
AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership deadline
15 February 2017 Recommended deadline for all other MPhil applicants
14 June 2017 Final deadline for MPhil applicants
29 June 2017 Final deadline for PhD applicants

The dates shown are deadlines for completing the online application form in the Applicant Portal. Supporting documents must be submitted within seven days of completing the form. All deadlines are 12noon UK time on the date stated.

We receive a large number of applications each year, so early submission is advisable.

Should I submit my CV (resumé)?

No, we do not accept CVs.

Is there an interview?

Yes, admission is subject to an interview. The interview, with one or two senior members of the Department, can be conducted by phone or online if it is not practical for you to travel to Cambridge (unless the interview is for the part-time PhD, in which case it must be in person).

Should I submit three academic references?

No, we will not accept more than two academic references.

Qualifications

Can you tell me if I am sufficiently qualified to be admitted to the MPhil course?

The best way for us to assess your suitability is for you to submit a complete application. We are unable to give you a preliminary assessment of the chances of your application being successful.

Our normal requirement is a first class honours degree from a university in the UK, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an overseas university.

Graduate Admissions: International qualifications

Can I be admitted straight to PhD studies or do I have to complete the MPhil first?

Applicants are not normally admitted as a PhD student unless they have completed either the MPhil or Part III course in the Department or a similar course at another university. If you apply for the PhD we may offer you a place on the MPhil course instead if we judge that it would be more appropriate for you.

Do I need to take a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test?

No, this is not required.

Study mode

Can I study HPS part-time?

We offer a part-time PhD, but the MPhil can only be taken as a full-time course.

Can I study HPS by distance learning or online learning?

No, we do not offer any distance learning or online learning courses.

Further information

Where can I find information about the number of applicants?

Graduate Admissions: Admissions Statistics

Who should I contact if I have any other questions?

Please contact the Department.

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