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Application procedure

Application deadline

The University's final deadline for applications is 1st May. However, funding deadlines are much earlier and it is imperative that applicants consult the funding pages for further information.

Step 1 - Identify a potential supervisor/supervisors

Prospective PhD and MPhil students must identify a potential supervisor from our website*. Go to the Research page to browse our major research themes or view the Academic Staff page for information and contact details of individuals. Prospective Social and Developmental Psychology (SDP) MPhil students should browse our list of potential SDP MPhil supervisors.

You are expected to make email contact with those staff whose research is of interest to you in order to discuss research possibilities. Students wishing to be supervised by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen should apply for admission via the Department of Psychiatry.  When contacting a potential supervisor you are requested to state the degree for which you wish to be considered and provide the following:

  • curriculum vitae detailing your academic record
  • names of two academic referees (one of whom should have been your project supervisor)
  • brief details of your area of interest

Individual members of staff will be pleased to answer informal enquiries about specific research areas, and indeed candidates who are certain of their field of interest are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor at an early stage, to discover whether their research could be accommodated in the supervisor's laboratory. It is in the need for an early choice of supervisor that the Cambridge system most notably differs from a North American graduate school: candidates do not spend an extended period conducting research projects in different labs or taking courses in a large range of fields, but begin research work at once under the guidance of their supervisor, attending lectures devoted to their chosen field and to general principles of experimental design and analysis.

Please inform the Graduate Administrator, , whom you intend to contact and the outcome of your discussions. If you receive a positive response to your enquiry and you wish to be considered for funding then you must proceed to step 2 as quickly as possible.  Please note funding deadlines.

*Getting the support of a prospective supervisor is just the first step in the admissions process and does not automatically guarantee you a place on the course.

Step 2 - Submit a formal application

In order to submit your online application, the Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form (GRADSAF), you must consult the University's central Graduate Admissions pages. Here you will find all the information you need to submit the GRADSAF.

It is important that you advise the Department's when you have submitted your application.

Research proposal

All prospective graduate students are required to submit a research proposal as part of the application procedure. For information about the content and format of a research proposal, click here.