Graduate Studies

Modern & Medieval Languages

Graduate Studies



Applying to MML | The PhD

The PhD

Course codes:
Dutch MLGED21 |French MLFR21 | German MLGE21 | Italian MLIT21 | Linguistics MLLI21 | Modern Greek MLGS21 | Neo Latin MLFRL21 | Old Dutch MLGE21 | Portuguese MLSPP21 | Slavonic Studies MLSL21 | Spanish MLSPS21


Outline

The Cambridge Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages has an outstanding range of facilities and expertise which makes for a large and thriving research community: currently we have approximately 120 students working for the PhD. A two-year research degree, the MLitt is also available.

In British universities the PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) is traditionally awarded solely on the basis of a dissertation, a substantial piece of writing which reports original research into a closely defined area of enquiry. The completion of the PhD dissertation is standardly expected to take three years, and most funding is based on this assumption. It's also possible to take a part-time route through research degrees, and the expected timeframe would be five years.

In addition to providing specialist supervision, the Faculty runs a programme of professional training for the benefit of all research students. The programme includes seminars and workshops on library resources, giving conference papers, publishing, applications and interviews, teaching skills. If you wish, you are likely to be given the opportunity of gaining experience in small group teaching for colleges. There may also be opportunities to gain some experience in language teaching in the Faculty.

Individual Departments run regular Graduate Seminars and Research colloquia which bring together invited speakers, graduates and teaching staff.

Topics and Supervisors

Students registered for the PhD will be assigned to one of the Faculty's six Departments and will normally have one of the teaching members of this Department as their supervisor. All PhD students are also given an Advisor whose main role is to provide an alternative source of advice especially during the first year of research.

All Departments very much welcome PhD students, particularly those who wish to work on topics which fall within the specialist interests of their teaching members (see Staff Profiles). Those interested in other fields should consult the relevant Head of Department about the availability of supervision:

French (including Neo-Latin) - Prof Emma Wilson
German & Dutch - Prof Andrew Webber
Italian - Dr Pierpaolo Antonello
Linguistics - Dr Henriette Hendriks
Modern Greek - Prof David Holton
Slavonic Studies - Dr Emma Widdis
Spanish & Portuguese - Dr Rodrigo Cacho

Who should apply

"The MPhil course was an excellent opportunity for continued intellectual growth and good preparation for doctoral level research."
Chris (Texas), MPhil 2001


The standard normally required is that of a first class or high 2.i BA degree, or its equivalent, in a related subject; it is Faculty practice to recommend that students have also successfully completed a masters degree before embarking on PhD research (we would expect a distinction, or equivalent).

How to apply: if already a Cambridge MPhil student

All formal applications must be made through the Board of Graduate Studies. Follow this link to the on-line application system: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/index.shtml

If you are currently taking an MPhil at Cambridge, please complete the graduate application form (gradsaf), noting the requirement for continuing students. Applications must be returned to the Board of Graduate Studies. Please check funding deadlines to ensure you are included in a particular competition, (see www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/studying/funding/index.html). If you don't intend to apply for funding, you may apply for the PhD at any time, however please note the deadlines for applicants wishing to commence study in October.

How to apply: non-Cambridge MPhil students

All formal applications must be made through the Board of Graduate Studies. Follow this link to the on-line application system: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/index.shtml.

Applicants will need to submit supporting documents with their application including two letters of reference, transcripts, a research proposal, english language scores (where applicable) and a CV. We also require a sample of preferably recent writing of about 5,000 words (10,000 as an absolute maximum) not necessarily directly related to your research proposal. Consult the Graduate Admissions page detailing supporting documents for more detail.

Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors within the Department before applying. Applicants for the PhD may be interviewed by members of the Department. The interview will seek to establish not only the suitability of the candidate, but the most appropriate procedure for supervision and library work.

Please check funding deadlines to ensure you are included in a particular competition, (see www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/studying/funding/index.html). If you don't intend to apply for funding, you may apply for the PhD at any time, however please note the deadlines for applicants wishing to commence study in October.

PhD registration most commonly begins in October, but may do so at other times of the year. All applicants should note the Application Schedule and the information on the College system.

Part-time research degrees

Most Departments in the Faculty offer a part-time route to the research degrees of PhD and MLitt (please note that the MPhil is not available in a part time mode at present). This might be suitable for you if you are employed in the Cambridge region and your employer views such a programme of study as representing valuable staff development; or if you work part-time, or are home based for whatever reason, and want to develop your research skills. Current employees of the University of Cambridge are also eligible to apply.

The participating Departments are: French, German, Italian, Linguistics, Slavonic Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese. If you are interested in studying part-time, you should discuss your application with the Co-ordinator in the appropriate Department (see Staff and Contacts), who will be able to advise you further.

 

 

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