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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 six years’ standing from admission to his or her first degree of the University


  • (b) is of not less than six 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:

  1. Your published work comprises a significant contribution to scholarship; and
  2. You meet the eligibility criteria for the degree. In order to check this do please see the regulations below.

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:

Please note that Student Registry is currently closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. If you are not able to submit your materials electronically, we regret you will need to wait until Student Registry reopens. If you email we will contact you when we are open.

The Student Registry will acknowledge the receipt of your application, check your eligibility and forward your application to the relevant Degree Committee for consideration. Please note that consideration of an application may take longer than a year.