Institute of Astronomy

M.Phil. in Astronomy

Applications for Postgraduate Study October 2022


The Applicant Portal for admission the PhD, MASt & MPhil course in October 2022 is now closed.

Overseas students:  You should know by the end of January if you have been selected for an interview and we anticipate making decisions regarding an offer of admission and nominations for University and other Cambridge scholarship schemes early February.

UK & Students with Home Fee Status: The majority of our interviews for applicants from the UK will take place during the week commencing 21 February 2022. Offers of admission and decisions about the award of funding are normally made soon after the interviews.  You will know if you have been shortlisted for interview by Thursday 10 February 2022.

The assessment for the Astronomy MPhil 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 PhD 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 PhD after completing the MPhil in Cambridge.

Historically, most MPhil students have secured funding for their MPhil 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

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 2022 is Thursday 6th January 2022.

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