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Frequently asked questions

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Application process and eligibility

When should I apply?

You can apply from 3 September 2018 for admission in October 2019.

The final deadline is 14 June 2019. However, please be aware that we are likely to allocate all our places before this date. If this happens we will close the admissions round early and it will not be possible to submit a new application. You should therefore apply as soon as possible, and we strongly advise applying no later than 15 February 2019.

US citizens normally resident in the USA who wish to be considered for Gates Cambridge funding must apply by 10 October 2018

All other applicants seeking funding through the Graduate Funding Competition must apply by 5 December 2018

All deadlines are 12 noon UK time on the date stated


Do I need a degree in a particular subject to apply for this course?

No, we do not require any particular undergraduate degree and our students come from a range of backgrounds across the sciences and humanities. However, you should have some understanding of what the course entails and be able to demonstrate how this fits with your experience and interests


I am a medical student. Can I apply for this course?

Yes, we accept applications from intercalating medical students at any university. You should have completed at least three years of undergraduate study by the time you start this course.


My degree is not graded in terms of class or GPA. Can I still apply?

Yes. We recognise that some degrees - especially medical degrees - follow different grading systems, and we review applications on a case-by-case basis taking this into account.


I did not achieve a first class degree/3.7 GPA. Can I still apply?

Our normal requirement is a first class honours degree from a UK university, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an overseas university. However, we assess all applications in their entirety, taking into account the strength of your references, your statement of interest, writing sample, and any other relevant information. The MPhil Management Committee retains the right to admit on a high 2:1 or its equivalent where other elements of the application are of a high standard.

We are unable to give you a preliminary assessment of the likelihood of your application being successful, but encourage you to submit a complete application to give us the most complete picture of your suitability for the course


Will there an interview?

Admission is subject to an interview. You will be contacted by the course administrator if you have reached the interview stage, to arrange a mutually convenient time to interview with a senior member of academic staff. Interviews are normally conducted via Skype, but may also be conducted by telephone or in person.


Can you take additional qualifications (such as previous Masters qualifications) into account?

Yes. You should provide transcripts for all previous or ongoing courses as far as they are available.


Do I need to provide GRE test results?

No. We do not look at GRE test results.


Should I get in touch with a potential supervisor before submitting my application/name a supervisor on the application?

No, there is no need to have identified or contacted any potential supervisors at the application stage. Supervising arrangements for each piece of work are confirmed during the academic year.


Can I start this course in January or April?

No. The course lasts for 9 months and starts in October of each year.


How many places are available on the course each year?

The course is in its early stages and we expect student numbers to increase year on year. We aim to admit 25 students per year by 2021.


Where can I find admissions statistics?

We do not publicly release admissions statistics on a course-by-course basis, but data is collected for statistical purposes under the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and more information can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

Graduate Admissions: Admissions statistics


Funding

I submitted my application after the funding deadline/did not indicate that I wished to be considered for funding. Can I still be considered for university funding?

You cannot be considered for funding through the Graduate Funding Competition unless you indicate that you wish to be considered for funding and submit your application by 5 December 2018. You may still be considered for a Department studentship, and you may also be eligible for other funding, for instance through Colleges. The Graduate Admissions website has detailed information about this.


I have not heard whether I have received funding, can you help?

With the exception of the Department studentships, funding decisions are made by separate university funding bodies and they will contact you directly if you have been successful. If you haven't heard by the end of July, typically you have not been successful.


When will I hear the outcome of the decision about Departmental studentships?

We start to allocate these funds from March onwards and aim to let applicants know as soon as possible if they are shortlisted for a studentship. Final decisions may not be made until August or September, but we will keep you informed if your situation changes.


After applying

When will I hear from you about an interview/the outcome of my application?

Your application has to pass through several stages and university offices and this can take some time. Detailed information on the selection process and the timescales involved can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

We expect to organise the majority of our interviews and offers around November, January and March, with applications considered as they are received. Early offers are only made to the very strongest applicants, with the remainder of the offers drawn from a gathered field from March onwards. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as early as possible.


Can you tell me why my application was unsuccessful?

The Department does not provide feedback to individuals on the quality and content of their applications.


I have accepted a conditional offer for this course. When will I receive more details and a reading list?

Preliminary reading lists are normally sent to offer holders in July, with further course details and information to help you prepare sent during August and September. Please make sure your email address is kept up to date so that you continue to receive communications from the course staff and the Graduate Admissions Office. This is especially important if you have recently completed a course of study at another academic institution, as your email account may expire over the summer.

If you are unable to take up your offer, you should let us know as soon as possible via your self-service account.


Further information

Who should I contact if I have any other questions?

For questions relating to the application system please contact the Graduate Admissions Office here.

For all other enquiries please email .