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How to apply for an MPhil at Geography or Scott Polar Research Institute

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How to apply for an MPhil at Geography or Scott Polar Research Institute

! Note: for the MPhil in Geography only, please see the specific 'How to apply' details for that course.

1. Look at the course information

Look at the course information on the website.

2. Go to the University Graduate Admissions Office Prospectus

Go to the University's Graduate Admissions Office Prospectus for Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) which has all the information you need to make a formal application.

Please note you will need the following:

  • Applicants for the MPhil in Geographical Research and the MPhil in Polar Studies will need to provide an outline of a research plan for a possible dissertation, indicating the general problem to be addressed, the specific issues to be researched, and an indication of methodology (no more than 750 words in total).
  • Your application will need to include information explaining your motivation for the MPhil and details of any employment or other non-academic experience relevant to the subject of the MPhil.
  • You will need to indicate if you wish to continue to PhD research after completing the MPhil.
  • Applicants for the MPhil in Conservation Leadership will need to provide a 750-word statement of purpose, entitled "Why I would like to enrol in the MPhil in Conservation Leadership, and how my background provides the relevant leadership experience for the course".
  • Applicants for the MPhil in Polar Studies will need to include with their application a sample of their written work (between 3,000 and 5,000 words)

Admissions deadlines

The deadlines for admission for October 2015 are as follows:

Applications for October 2015 can be made from the beginning of September 2014.

Applications are now closed for October 2014 admission.

3. Funding

There is no major funding available through the department to support your studies.

  • All fieldwork, laboratory work, access to data, archives and travel will have to be supported for the length of your study. You should ensure that your funding body provides sufficient support. (The department has only limited funds to help with these costs.)
  • Overseas applicants should look at the scholarships available at Cambridge. The major scholarships available at Cambridge are Gates Foundation, scholarships administered by the Cambridge Trust, and the Cambridge International Scholarship (CISS). You should apply for these by the advertised deadline when you complete your formal application (Section B of the GRADSAF Form). They are listed in the University Graduate Studies Prospectus.
  • UK and EU students should look at the Research Council studentship information on this website and at the CHESS information on the Graduate Admissions Prospectus. (NB: CHESS funding is primarily for applicants who wish to continue to PhD after completing a one year MPhil or Masters course)
  • Conservation Leadership applicants will find scholarship information for Conservation Leadership on the course information pages.
  • You can complete a funding search to help you find your funding options

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