Who can apply for a PhD by Special Regulations?
An application can be made by:
A graduate of the University of Cambridge (of not less than six years standing from admission to his/her first degree);
- (a) is of not less than eight years’ standing from admission to his or her first degree of the University
- (b) is of not less than eight years’ standing from admission to his or her first degree of some other university
AND has been admitted
- (i) to some office in the University or to a Headship or a Fellowship of a College, and
- (ii) to the degree of Master of Arts under Statute B II 2 or to a degree of the University by incorporation.
What evidence is needed?
In order to qualify for the PhD degree under Special Regulations you will need to demonstrate that:
- Your published work comprises a significant contribution to scholarship; and
- You meet the eligibility criteria for the degree. In order to check this do please see the regulations below.
- University of Cambridge Special Regulations: Doctor of Philosophy
- Guide to Applicants: PhD Degree under Special Regulations
- Guide for Examiners
Please check the eligibility criteria very carefully. Please note that the term 'admission' to a degree means the date on which the degree was conferred on on the candidate, not the date the candidate began the degree.
How do I apply?
If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to make an application for a PhD degree under Special Regulations, you will need to send two copies of the published supporting works along with the following completed forms:
- Application Form: PhD under Special Regulations
- Declaration Form: PhD Degree under Special Regulations
The Student Registry will acknowledge the receipt of your application and keep you up to date with the status of your application. Please note that consideration of an application may take longer than a year.