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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 and an individual’s particular needs.

 

MPHIL IN EARLY MODERN HISTORY

A supervisor will be appointed for each student at the beginning of the academic year and there will be a minimum of two meetings between them in the course of the Michaelmas Term at which the dissertation topic will be discussed. Each student will see his or her supervisor regularly throughout the Lent and Easter Terms.

 

MPHIL IN HISTORICAL STUDIES

Personal supervision represents the main thrust of teaching for the MPhil. in Historical Studies.  It aims to introduce students to advanced study of specialised and intensive kind, preferably in areas relevant to their future PhD. topic. At the beginning of the MPhil. course, each student is assigned a  Supervisor who will be an expert in the student’s research subject and who will offer advice on all aspects of the writing of the MPhil. dissertation.

 

 

MPHIL IN POLITICAL THOUGHT AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

Candidates cannot be admitted to the programme unless a suitable supervisor can be identified by the MPhil Sub-Committee who agrees that the candidate's research interests are viable and are a reasonable match with his or her own, and who is willing to take primary responsibility for supervising the candidate.  It is not the task of the applicant to determine their prospective supervisor; they may express a preference, but this will not be binding on the Sub-Committee. Applicants should not normally write to prospective supervisors themselves, as these will be contacted in the course of consideration of the application once preliminary assessment of the academic credentials of the applicant has been made. Cambridge Faculty members are extremely busy and do not generally welcome inappropriate contact from MPhil applicants.