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How to apply for the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies

Course requirements:

Candidates accepted for this course will have a 1st class or a high 2i honours degree in architecture, engineering, physics, mathematics, applied science or an appropriate cognate discipline.

The University requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study. Adherence to this requirement is strict, especially for candidates on one-year courses. You must be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject. You will, therefore, need to provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum requirements for competence in English. For further information see Graduate Admissions Office.

How to Make an Application for the MPhil in Architecture & Urban Studies:

If you do meet the course requirements, you are recommended to make a formal application via the Applicant Portal on the Graduate Admissions Office website. It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application. If you are already a current graduate student at Cambridge you will be referred to as a ‘Continuer’ on the Graduate Admissions Office website.

You will have two weeks to arrange for providing the following documents once you have submitted your application:    

  • Academic Reference(s) 
  • A Personal Reference will be required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Transcript
  • Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language
  • Sample of Work - this could be a journal publication or a chapter from your undergraduate dissertation
  • Research Proposal of 1000 - 1500 words should consist of a topic and a hypothesis, a literature review, a statement on method, and key references
  • Applicants with a design background may provide a copy of their portfolio (6 A4 pages at a maximum) but this is not mandatory. Please do not send a hard copy of your portfolio to the Department.

Application Deadlines:

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 6 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees:

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office  

Funding:

If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition.  Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines. 

After your Application is Submitted

When the application reaches the Department, it will be considered by the Department’s Graduate Admissions Team.  Applicants may be invited for an interview in Cambridge, or, via Skype if it is not possible to travel to Cambridge.  The Faculty’s Degree Committee will then consider the application and make a recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office as to whether an offer of a place on the course should be made, and if so, with what academic conditions.

Please be aware that this process may take several months.  You can check the status of your application at any time via your Applicant Portal.

Full information about making your application, fees and funding opportunities is provided on the Graduate Admissions Office website pages.

For further information on graduate admission to the Department of Architecture contact: Grad.enquiries@aha.cam.ac.uk

At a Glance

Course length and dates:

9 months full-time, October start.  Not available on a part-time basis.

Examination:

Three essays of 3,000 - 5,000 words and a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words.

Academic requirement:

A 1st class or a high 2i honours degree in architecture, engineering, physics, mathematics, applied science or an appropriate cognate discipline.

English language requirement:

See Graduate Admissions Office.  

Applications accepted from:

The preceding September.

Application Deadlines:

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 4 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees:

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office.  

Funding:

If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition.  Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines.