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Prospective Students

How to apply

Applications are made centrally via the Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). You can find detailed information on the application process on their website, and questions about this process should normally be directed there in the first instance.

To apply, please visit the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society page on the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will open on 3 September 2018. We strongly advise applying before 15 February 2019.


In general, applicants should hold (or be expected to achieve) a first class honours degree from a university in the UK, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an overseas university. In the US system a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 is normally required. The MPhil Management Committee retain the right to admit on a high 2.i or equivalent where other aspects of the application are of a high standard. All students will be interviewed by a member of the Management Committee prior to an offer of admission, in order to establish their level of English competence as well as their fit for this course. 

We welcome applications from medical students from any university wishing to do an intercalated year, who have completed at least three years of undergraduate study and achieved our normal standards for admission, outlined above.

More information on entry requirements

What you will need

i. Two academic references

ii. A transcript

iii. Evidence of Competence in English (if English is not your native language. See the International Student Office's competence in English page for more information.)

iv. Statement of interests: A statement of interests, of about 600 words, should indicate which subject areas you would pursue in the MPhil. Please tell us about possible essay and dissertation topics you might pursue on the course, why you are interested in them, and some preliminary ideas about how you might carry them out. We will not treat the statement as a formal proposal but it will help us understand your motivations for taking the MPhil and how well prepared you are for graduate-level research. You may also include a preliminary PhD research proposal if you are planning to continue to the PhD after completing the MPhil course. The statement of interests should be uploaded as a supporting document.

v. Sample of work: Applicants should submit one or more examples of written work, such as an essay or dissertation, in areas relevant to the course. An essay written specially for the Cambridge application is acceptable, but this should be indicated if it is the case. The writing samples must be entirely the applicant's own work, fully referenced and in English. There is no word limit.

vi. Personal reference: This is only required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. 

Finance and funding

Graduate Admissions provide general information on finance.

For information about funding opportunities, please see our funding page.

The Open Day for students interested in coming to Cambridge to study on a postgraduate course will be on Friday 2 November 2018.