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Supervision

“My supervisor was excellent, really helpful and patient, also I felt that the feedback I received was constructive and prompt.”

Faculty of History 2A supervisor will be appointed for each student. The Faculty will not accept candidates who wish to write dissertations on subjects for which no supervisor is available in Cambridge University.

All those accepted, whether conditionally or unconditionally, will be told the name of the person appointed to be their supervisor. Students are encouraged to correspond with their supervisors in the run-up to their arrival in Cambridge, so that they can get straight down to work on their research project.

The supervisor’s role is to help students clarify and develop their own ideas, not impose his or her own interests on the subject. Students should not expect to be ‘spoon-fed’ by their supervisors. Graduate students in Cambridge are expected to have the capacity and enthusiasm for organizing their own research and working largely on their own initiative. The frequency of meeting between students and their supervisors is a matter for mutual agreement and will vary according to the stage of the dissertation work and each MPhil course.

All requests to change the overall theme of study must be submitted in advance of arrival to the Academic Secretary of the MPhil course, who will only approve them if adequate teaching and supervision can be found.

A supervisor will be appointed for each student and will guide the student’s programme of study as a regular advisor for the entire year as well as advising on all aspects of the MPhil dissertation. The supervisor will have expertise in an area close to that defined as the dissertation field in the student’s application.

Faculty of History 6The Supervisor is concerned with helping students to clarify their own ideas, not to impose his or her own interests on the student; thus it is important that students should be able to make their own interests known early on in the course.  Students should not expect to be ‘spoon fed’ by their supervisors; the supervisor is not an all-purpose teacher but somebody who guides the student’s own independent efforts. Graduate students in Cambridge are expected to have the capacity, and enthusiasm, to organize their own research and to work largely on their own initiative. Frequency of meetings between students and their supervisors is a matter for mutual agreement, and varies according to the stage of the dissertation work, the requirements of each MPhil, and an individual’s particular needs.