The main aims of the MPhil in Philosophy are:
- To give students with relevant experience at first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under close supervision.
- To give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.
See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/phphmpphi
By the end of the programme, students will have:
- a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.
Students work individually with supervisors to write three 5,000 word research essays and a 15,000 word research thesis. One essay is due at the end of Michaelmas Term, and two at the end of Lent Term; and the thesis is due at the end of Easter Term. Students are also required to take part in a weekly seminar, in which they learn presentation and discussion skills by presenting their own research and by discussing presentations by other students in the MPhil group.
Students receive feedback from the supervisors of each of their four pieces of work (three 5,000 word essays and a 15,000 word thesis), typically meeting their supervisor about four times for each piece of work. They also receive feedback and termly reports from an overall advisor, and marks and examiners' reports for each of their pieces of work.
MPhil candidates submit a 15,000 word thesis at the end of Easter Term. The examination includes a viva.
MPhil candidates submit three 5,000 word essays. One is due at the end of Michaelmas Term, and two at the end of Lent Term.
Candidates accepted initially for the MPhil are welcome to apply while at Cambridge to continue to the PhD. Such applications are considered alongside external applications.
How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying
There are many potential sources of funding for graduate work in Philosophy. Further details can be found in the Philosophy Graduate Prospectus (http://www.phil.cam.ac.uk/prosp-students/prosp-grad
General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a good Upper Second Class BA Honours Degree (67%) or the equivalent (USA GPA 3.6) with a minimum of two years' full-time study in Philosophy (10 courses in the USA).