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

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

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:

For ALL MPhil applications:

  • 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.

MPhil in Polar Research:

  • Applicants will need to provide an outline of a research plan for a possible thesis, indicating the general problem to be addressed, the specific issues to be researched, and an indication of methodology (between 500 and 1000 words).
  • Applicants will need to include with their application a sample of their written work (between 3,000 and 5,000 words.)

MPhil in Geographical Research:

  • Applicants will need to provide an outline of a research plan for a possible thesis, 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).

MPhil in Conservation Leadership:

  • Applicants for the MPhil in Conservation Leadership will need to provide a statement of 500 words entitled "Why I would like to enrol on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership and how my background provides the relevant leadership experience for this course" in addition to an academic essay of 500 words entitled "An analysis of the major conservation leadership challenges facing XXX." where XXX can be either your country (e.g. Botswana) or a conservation organisation with which you are familiar (e.g. Conservation Intl.) which should be submitted with the application.

MPhil in Anthropocene Studies:

  • Applicants will need to provide a statement of up to 600 words explaining "Why I would like to enrol on the MPhil in Anthropocene Studies, including how my previous studies relate to this MPhil."

MPhil in Holocene Climates:

  • Applicants will need to provide a statement of up to 600 words explaining "Why I would like to enrol on the MPhil in Holocene Climates, including how my previous studies relate to this MPhil."

MPhil in Geography​:

  • Applicants will need to provide an outline of a research plan for a possible thesis, 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).

Admissions deadlines

The deadlines for admission for October 2020 are as follows:

Applications for October 2020 can be made from the beginning of September 2019.

The Department strongly recommends early application.

3. Funding

The University provides information on sources of funding. Deadline: 7th January 2020 for Cambridge Trusts, UK Research Councils and GATES International funding. Applications received after this date will not be eligible for entry to these sources of funding. Please see Gates US for information concerning their earlier deadline.

To be eligible for applying to these funding competitions you must ensure the following: (1) Your completed application, including all references, has been submitted in advance of the funding deadline noted above; and (2) You tick the boxes relating to funding on the application form.

Please note there is no major funding available through the Department itself.

Some of the colleges also have separate sources of graduate funding.

Further notes:

  • 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. 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 Graduate Admissions Office information.
  • 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.