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Part-time PhD Studies

The Department welcomes applications for part-time PhD studies from candidates wanting to further their academic abilities but also like to remain in employment. Part-time MPhil studies are not possible in Sociology.

Part-time PhDs study five years (15 terms). Applicants interested in part-time study must approach potential supervisors in advance of applying and secure informal confirmation that the academic is willing to supervise because supervising a candidate of this mode of study is a long term commitment.  When applying the relevant box for part-time study on the Applicant Portal  must be ticked and the potential supervisor named. Applications without a named supervisor will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be interviewed by the potential supervisor and one other academic, typically the Director of Graduate Education, to assess whether

  • the proposed research is feasible for part-time studies.
  • the applicant is able to sustain a part-time approach to study.
  • the applicant has funds for funding for five years.
  • the applicant lives close enough to Cambridge to be able to fulfill attendance requirements.

An offer of a place is given based on an individual five-year research plan which sets out your attendance requirements for training and seminars, frequency of supervisions and progress stages.

For residence and visa requirements check the Part-time Graduate Study Guide.



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