Institute of Astronomy

M.Phil. in Astronomy

Postgraduate Admissions Update

16/01/2023 

The Applicant Portal for admission to the PhD, MPhil and MASt in Astrophysics is now closed.  Overseas PhD & MPhil applicants should expect to hear if they are being invited for interview by the 20th January 2023.  Interviews for Home (PhD) applicants will be taking place in person during the week commencing 20th February 2023 and you should know if you have been invited to interview by 6th Feb 2023.

MASt interviews will take place remotely during w/c 23rd January.

The assessment for the Astronomy M.Phil. degree is exclusively by research and a project and supervisor will normally have been identified prior to a formal application being made by the student. There is no taught element. The degree is not suitable for physicists and mathematicians wishing to prepare for a research Ph.D. in Astrophysics and the number of students admitted is small. Many, but not all, of our previous students had completed an undergraduate degree in North America and returned there to undertake a Ph.D. after completing the M.Phil. in Cambridge.

Historically, most M.Phil. students have secured funding for their M.Phil. studies through applications to scholarship programmes such as Churchill, Gates and Marshall.

The aims of the programme are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

At least four weeks before making a formal application, prospective applicants should forward the following to  admissions@ast.cam.ac.uk

Following receipt of this information, we will determine whether an appropriate project and supervisor is available. For applicants completing an undergraduate degree with a USA-based GPA score, a GPA score of at least 3.8 (on system with a maximum of 4.0) is desirable and you should also have undertaken at least one research internship or research-project in the field of astrophysics. Most applicants offered admission will possess a GPA of 3.9 or higher.

Please note that the application deadline for admission to this course in October 2023 is Thursday 1st December 2022 (noon, 12pm UK time).

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