The PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a "three year course" consisting of individual supervisions and guided research. Students are given guidance in areas specific to their subject and in advanced research methods. In the Easter term of the first year, students submit a PhD Progress Examination, which usually consists of a Critical Essay and a General Statement about progress to date and the likely course of their future research.
Further information about the following pathway options can be found on the Faculty's website:
At the end of each PhD programme, students will be expected to have:
Students who wish to continue onto the PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will need to achieve the continuation mark of 67% overall in their current MPhil degree and satisfy any pre-existing requirements also set by the Degree Committee i.e. English Language requirement.
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The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.
The course consists of individual supervisions and guided research. Students are given guidance in areas specific to their subject area and in advanced research methods. Supervision is a very individual teaching method, students are therefore encouraged to contact their supervisors and discuss how regularly they will meet; how contact will be maintained; whether the supervisor or student should initiate contacts; what kinds of work should be submitted and when.
The PhD thesis must not exceed 80,000 words exclusive of footnotes, appendices and bibliography subject to an overall word limit of 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography. An oral examination (viva voce) is required.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.