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MPhil funding

We receive around 80 MPhil applications a year; admitting some 20 students each October. Some of these students have been awarded scholarships and some are self-funding.

Please note that funding for MPhil applications is somewhat limited and therefore extremely competitive. If you are able to self-fund your MPhil, be sure to include this in your application, to avoid rejections if funding cannot be made available to you.

The sources of funding are usually through the scholarship competitions e.g. Cambridge Trust and Gates Scholarships, as well as College awards. Awards may be fully- or part-funded and are open to domestic and international students. The Cambridge UK Masters Scholarships are available to UK applicants in any subject, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit to applicants who clearly state their intention to continue to PhD. Eligible candidates who apply before the funding deadline are automatically considered for these scholarships. The scheme is administered by the University's Student Registry. 

We strongly encourage all MPhil applicants to explore the scholarship route and submit an application by our first round shortlist deadline or earlier depending on specific scholarship deadlines. 

For international MPhil applicants there are many funding opportunities (including but not limited to the colleges). Please check college websites directly as scholarships can change from year to year and some may not be available every year.


  • Marshall Scholarships are available for any field of study. Their deadline is in October. Again, early coordination with a prospective supervisor is necessary. The department supports applications through these routes and we usually have two or three US MPhil students joining each year that have been successful. ​
  • The Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship applicants should apply to the Chevening programme before 7 November 2017.
  • The Commonwealth (Cambridge) Scholarship is available to applicants from developing member countries of the Commonwealth. Candidates should also apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
  •  there are also the Narotam Sekhsaria Cambridge Scholarships that require a separate application.

In addition to the University fees, living expenses are also required in the form of maintenance. For 2020/21 this is a minimum of £14,500 per annum. Fully-funded awards from research councils, industry and scholarships usually cover fees as well as maintenance. However, this can depend on your fee status and source of funding. 

University Composition Fees 2020/21: Home students £8, 589, EU students £8,589 and  Overseas students £29,220, per annum.