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MPhil/PhD Entrance Requirements

Candidates are selected for places entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world.  

The first part of the Entrance Examination consists of a review of the application, research proposal and in some cases a portfolio of work. The second part consists of an interview. 

You should be able to meet the both the Cross-College Requirements and individual School/programme Subject-Area Requirements set out below.

Cross-College MPhil/PhD Requirements

Applicants must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. The College recognises as an equivalent qualification any degree, diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualification awarded by a university or other higher education establishment, where the award is made following the successful completion of a course of at least three years’ study, the programme of research being open, as a general rule, only to persons holding a certificate awarded on the successful completion of a full course of upper secondary education.

Exceptionally, other qualifications may be approved, providing that the Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD) is satisfied that the applicant has the ability to pursue the programme of research successfully.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate that they have a reasonable knowledge of the English language. Candidates who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.5 in writing, or equivalent for MPhil level and an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with 7.0 in writing, or equivalent for PhD.  Please see English Language Requirements for more information. In circumstances where the candidate cannot attend in person, the interview may be conducted by Skype. Applicants should normally be aged over 21 by 1 September of the proposed year of admission.

Subject-Area Requirements

In addition to the Cross-College Requirements, you also need to fulfil the requirements of the subject area to which you are applying, details of which can be found by clicking on the relevant link below. Please read the relevant section carefully.

MPhil/PhD Architecture | MPhil/PhD Arts & Humanities | MPhil/PhD School of Communication 


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School of Communication:
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