Applying & Funding
About the M.Phil course Submitting an application Application deadlines Entry requirements
Please note: applications for the course are made online through the Board of Graduate Studies and not through the individual university faculties or departments.
Full information on all postgraduate studies at Cambridge, including the Ph.D, is published in the University's Graduate Studies Prospectus. Print copies can be requested by post from
Board of Graduate Studies,
4 Mill Lane,
The Board of Graduate Studies site should provide all of the information you will need; however, here are a few pointers to get you started.
About the M.Phil course
Detailed information about the M.Phil course and its components can be found under the menu tab 'M.Phil Course', above.
→ M.Phil course overview
Submitting an application
Applications are made through the Board of Graduate Studies. Up-to-date information and links to the online application can be found online.
→ Board of Graduate Studies website
Students wishing to undertake doctoral research in the field of screen media and cultures should consider applying for the M.Phil in the first instance.
Applications for the course should be submitted according to the deadlines listed below, and with a final deadline of 20 January 2012; however, if you intend to apply for funding, you will need to make sure that your application reaches the Board of Graduate Studies in advance of the stipulated funding deadline.
Here is a brief overview of the main funding deadlines:
Deadline for US applications for GATES funding
4 December, 2012
Deadline for all non-US applications for GATES, and all applications for CISS and CCT/COT funding
11 January, 2012
Final deadline for all other applications
The deadlines may vary slightly from year to year, so please check the exact closing dates for funding to make sure that you submit your application in good time!
You will find links to resources providing more comprehensive information about these and other potential sources of funding and requisite deadlines in the section on 'Funding', below.
The following is designed to provide a very brief insight into the general academic and language requirements applicants will be expected to fulfil into order to be considered for the M.Phil course. As always, you will find full details of entry requirements for study at Cambridge on the Board of Graduate Studies' webpage.
→ Entry requirements
Applicants will normally be expected to have a First Class or a high 2.1 BA Honours degree (or the equivalent, e.g. a GPA of 3.75 from a US university) in an area related to at least one of the areas of study of the M.Phil, although applicants with good degrees in other subjects will be considered on their merits. Applicants have to submit an extended essay (c. 2-4,000 words), in English, on a topic relevant to the areas covered by the course. We will also require a one-page outline of your research interests, indicating which lines of enquiry you would be likely to pursue if admitted to the programme.
Prospective students should check funding deadlines, and ensure that applications reach the Board of Graduate Studies in good time.
→ Funding deadlines
MML's minimum requirements in English language tests are as follows:
Minimum overall score of 7.5, with at least 7 in Writing
Paper-based test: 620 with 5 in Test of Written English
Computer-based test: 260 with 5 in Essay Writing Test
Internet-based test: 110 with minimum of 5 in Essay Writing
The College system
All students at the University must belong to a College. Each of the 31 Colleges forms a separate community and its members represent most of the academic subjects. Colleges are independent of the University faculties and departments. The College fulfils a number of roles for any student, including providing a social structure, (non-academic) tutorial care, and frequently accommodation.
→ Full list of Colleges
Although postgraduate admissions are a matter for the Board of Graduate Studies,
on the recommendation of the Department, postgraduate students must nonetheless also be admitted to a College. The postgraduate application form for the M.Phil or Ph.D) therefore lists the Colleges and asks applicants to express a rank-ordered preference for four. An offer of admission by the University does not automatically guarantee a place at a College but in practice acceptance by a College is largely a formality. The choice of College is entirely a matter for the applicant. Applicants new to Cambridge may wish to bear in mind that some Colleges admit only postgraduate students (Clare Hall, Darwin, Hughes Hall, St. Edmund's; Wolfson College admits mainly graduate students) and some admit only women (Murray Edwards, Newnham; Lucy Cavendish admits only women aged over 21 who are returning to higher education). For further information please consult the University of Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus.
→ Graduate Studies Prospectus
Obviously, finding funding for the M.Phil is a major concern for many applicants. There are a number of options available to UK, EU and Overseas students, details of which can be found in the relevant section of the main MML site.
→ MML funding information
The Reporter publishes a special issue in early November that carries details of awards. This will not only give you most if not all of the college awards, but a list of other smaller awards and specialist studentships as well. You can access the special issue online.
→ The Reporter
You can also search for any scholarships for which you may be eligible by using the University's Graduate Funding Database.
→ Searchable funding database
Your College is one potential source of funding, so you may wish to research your options carefully before deciding which of the Colleges to apply to. Each College has its own website, which carries details of any available studentships or bursaries.
→ College website addresses
UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Research Council (AHRC) funding; however, please bear in mind that awards for the M.Phil are limited and we are only able to offer one scholarship for the year 2013-2014.