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How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are now open.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021. However, we may close the admissions round early if we allocate all our places before the deadline and therefore we strongly recommend that you apply no later than 15 February 2021. If the admissions round closes early all in-progress applicants will be notified, and all completed applications submitted before the new application deadline will be considered.

Applications are made centrally via the Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). Visit their website for detailed information on the application process, including how your application is considered by Departments and Colleges.

To apply, visit the course page on the Graduate Admissions website.


Academic requirements

You should hold (or be expected to achieve) a first class honours degree from a UK university, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an overseas university.

Check your qualification equivalencies on the Graduate Admissions website: Graduate Admissions: International qualifications.

Please note that the MPhil Managers may decide to admit on a high 2.1 or its equivalent where other aspects of the application are of a particularly high standard.

English proficiency

You will need to fulfill the requirements set by Graduate Admissions.

Intercalating students

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 below.

Supporting documentation


Two academic references are required. If you are applying for Gates Scholarship funding you will need to provide a third, personal reference.


Applications should include transcripts from previous university study.

A CV/resume

Evidence of competence in English

If necessary. Check whether you need to submit this on the Graduate Admissions website.

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 a PhD after completing the MPhil course.

The statement of interests should be uploaded as a supporting document.

Sample of work

You should submit one example of written work, such as an essay or dissertation, in an area relevant to the course. The sample should be no longer than 10,000 words; it may be shorter. You may submit an essay you have written specifically for this application, but please indicate if this is the case. The sample must be entirely your own work, fully referenced and in English.