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How to Apply

We hope that you will find all the information you need about applying to the MPhil in Development Studies on this page. However, if you still have a query, please feel free to contact Ms Becky Ramshaw on br316@cam.ac.uk.

The MPhil in Development Studies is largely for students with a background in one or more of the social sciences, although many students have had previous degrees in disciplines ranging from the humanities to the natural sciences. The academic backgrounds of the current intake, for example, include American Studies, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Business Economics, Business Management, Computer Science, Development Studies, Economics, Economics and Politics, Engineering, English, Finance, History, Information Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Operations Research, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Public and International Affairs, Quantitative Economics, Social Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish and German, and Urban and Regional Studies. 


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.70; high 2:1 honours (usually 67% overall) from a UK university or equivalent.
  • For those whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied for a degree in an English language university, evidence of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component) or a TOEFL score of 110 (with 25 in each element). 
  • MPhil candidates are asked not to contact potential supervisors before application. If you are successful in your application the Centre will allocate an appropriate supervisor for you once you have been admitted to the course.

Applying  

If at any point before, during or after applying you have a question, Graduate Admissions run a very comprehensive FAQ page

All applications are made through the Applicant Portal on the Graduate Admissions website. 

When you have completed the necessary preparation and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information before you create your application.

  1. There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your card details when you submit the online application.
  2. Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation.

Upload Supporting Documentation

Applications will not be considered by the Department until all the documents are uploaded, as Graduate Admissions only send them to us once all the documents are present. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding, even if you apply in time. We do not chase applicants for missing documents. 

Incomplete/inactive applications (i.e. those which have been missing documents for a considerable length of time) will be withdrawn by Graduate Admissions, and will therefore never reach the Department. 


Required Documentation

First Academic Reference
Second Academic Reference

Please see this website for information on who to nominate as your referees, and how they submit their references. 

Personal Reference
This is only required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Transcript

Please see this website for information on how to upload your transcripts. 

Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language

You do not have to have a language test certificate when you apply. Whilst this is preferable, this can be uploaded during any part of the application process - and if an offer is made, can be included as one of the conditions of admission. You can find the "No Current Language Test Form" on this website.

The same form should also be used when you wish to request a language test waiver - there is an option on the form for this purpose. 

Statement of Interest

Applicants must include in their application a statement of intent explaining why they wish to do this course and how it fits into their long-term career plans. 

CV/Resumé


 

After Applying

Applications are considered by the Admissions Committee in batches, rather than on a rolling basis. The next Admissions Committee meeting is due to take place in April 2018, so those who apply between 5 January - 29 March 2018 will be considered at that meeting, and can expect to hear the outcome of their application in late April/early May.

"It has been almost two years since the murder of Giulio Regeni in Cairo. As we approach this anniversary, we are no nearer to knowing the truth of what happened to this promising post-graduate, tortured and killed while pursuing wholly legitimate academic research... It has been especially troubling to note that, in the absence of apparent progress in investigations into Giulio’s death, attention has been turned to his doctoral supervisor, Dr Maha Abdelrahman – an honourable and distinguished scholar..." Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor. To read the message in full, please go to our News page. The message can also be found on the University of Cambridge homepage.

We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.