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    Hi I'll also apply for the MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics! By the way, I am from Austria
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    Having a bit of a panic moment, and hoping one of you might know something about this?!

    I applied around two weeks ago for the MPhil in Medieval History and have been in touch with potential supervisors (meeting one tomorrow), but my application has already gone from the Department to the Graduate Committee - does this sound ominous to anyone else? It's supposed to take about 1-2 months to be considered by the Dep, and I'm starting to really worry that mine has been passed on so quickly - does anyone know of anyone who has ever applied and had this happen so quickly? Did it turn out okay?
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    (Original post by holly_1994)
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    There's no 'supposed to take' they go to the meeting when the meeting is held, if your application arrives the day before, it might get there in a day, if it arrives the day after it might take weeks and weeks. It might also go there and still be in the 'wait and see' pile and so go back to a later meeting when the quality of the cohort is clearer. Otherwise, early decisions are made usually on the clear 'not up to standard' or the very few clear 'superstar' applications. The vast majority don't have decisions made until after Christmas when the calibre of the entire cohort is understood.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    There's no 'supposed to take' they go to the meeting when the meeting is held, if your application arrives the day before, it might get there in a day, if it arrives the day after it might take weeks and weeks. It might also go there and still be in the 'wait and see' pile and so go back to a later meeting when the quality of the cohort is clearer. Otherwise, early decisions are made usually on the clear 'not up to standard' or the very few clear 'superstar' applications. The vast majority don't have decisions made until after Christmas when the calibre of the entire cohort is understood.
    Thanks! Just to clarify: if an application is received October 1st, and another on October 21st, with a meeting held by the department on, say, October 25th (for example), would both applications be considered there and then in that meeting? So the application that was sent in on 21st October might look like it has been dealt with quickly when, in actual fact, it's just made it into the next batch of applications being processed in that meeting?

    Not quite sure if that made sense, but I hope it does!
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    (Original post by holly_1994)
    Thanks! Just to clarify: if an application is received October 1st, and another on October 21st, with a meeting held by the department on, say, October 25th (for example), would both applications be considered there and then in that meeting? So the application that was sent in on 21st October might look like it has been dealt with quickly when, in actual fact, it's just made it into the next batch of applications being processed in that meeting?

    Not quite sure if that made sense, but I hope it does!
    Yes, in principle, but it is also complicated by the fact that (based on my 5+ years talking to the POLIS staff) applications are passed out to potential Supervisors or the course leaders. They might a) not get through a bunch of 'latest' applications for that months meeting and b) might decide, especially at this early date, not to present all applications at the meeting. So they might present/circulate for discussion only the weakest and strongest anticipating a decision and some of the middle ground so that a benchmark can be established.

    Because PG subjects can be so diverse, there is usually a two-step process. Initially, the nearest academic specialist makes a judgement of the quality of the application based on their knowledge of 17th century shoe-lace tying techniques and their influence on court etiquette - or whatever the applicant has proposed to research, plus the basics of the undergrad degree, references etc etc. They make a suggestion - yes/no/undecided and put it to the central meeting. in the central meeting, they have the harder task of weighing up the difference between the shoe lace tying application and the application looking at the history of EU convergence in the early 1990s (whatever that is!) ie they have to judge quality across very diverse academic boundaries. They also have to juggle with the more strategic influences eg the department has decided to raise academic standards, or they have suddenly lost a 17th Century Supervisor for a year, so can't support as many 17th century applicants etc.

    At this stage though, at probably the first meeting in this cycle where they are assessing applications, I suspect it will be very much a benchmarking exercise - yes they might give a no to the weakest 30% of applications received, possibly a yes to the top 2 or 3, but the vast majority looked at will go back into the pending pile until after Christmas, when the general quality of the cohort is more evident. So applications don't just get one shot at the committee, they keep cycling around until they get a decision.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    Yes, in principle, but it is also complicated by the fact that (based on my 5+ years talking to the POLIS staff) applications are passed out to potential Supervisors or the course leaders. They might a) not get through a bunch of 'latest' applications for that months meeting and b) might decide, especially at this early date, not to present all applications at the meeting. So they might present/circulate for discussion only the weakest and strongest anticipating a decision and some of the middle ground so that a benchmark can be established.

    Because PG subjects can be so diverse, there is usually a two-step process. Initially, the nearest academic specialist makes a judgement of the quality of the application based on their knowledge of 17th century shoe-lace tying techniques and their influence on court etiquette - or whatever the applicant has proposed to research, plus the basics of the undergrad degree, references etc etc. They make a suggestion - yes/no/undecided and put it to the central meeting. in the central meeting, they have the harder task of weighing up the difference between the shoe lace tying application and the application looking at the history of EU convergence in the early 1990s (whatever that is!) ie they have to judge quality across very diverse academic boundaries. They also have to juggle with the more strategic influences eg the department has decided to raise academic standards, or they have suddenly lost a 17th Century Supervisor for a year, so can't support as many 17th century applicants etc.

    At this stage though, at probably the first meeting in this cycle where they are assessing applications, I suspect it will be very much a benchmarking exercise - yes they might give a no to the weakest 30% of applications received, possibly a yes to the top 2 or 3, but the vast majority looked at will go back into the pending pile until after Christmas, when the general quality of the cohort is more evident. So applications don't just get one shot at the committee, they keep cycling around until they get a decision.
    Thank you for taking the time to write all of that - it's helped clear things up! I'm fairly confident in my application, and spent absolute months working on it to ensure that it was as watertight as possible. But I'm really panicking about the fact it's moved on to the committee so quickly. I think I remember this happening to someone on the 2012 applicants' thread, though, so fingers crossed it's not a bad sign!
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    Yes, in principle, but it is also complicated by the fact that (based on my 5+ years talking to the POLIS staff) applications are passed out to potential Supervisors or the course leaders. They might a) not get through a bunch of 'latest' applications for that months meeting and b) might decide, especially at this early date, not to present all applications at the meeting. So they might present/circulate for discussion only the weakest and strongest anticipating a decision and some of the middle ground so that a benchmark can be established.

    Because PG subjects can be so diverse, there is usually a two-step process. Initially, the nearest academic specialist makes a judgement of the quality of the application based on their knowledge of 17th century shoe-lace tying techniques and their influence on court etiquette - or whatever the applicant has proposed to research, plus the basics of the undergrad degree, references etc etc. They make a suggestion - yes/no/undecided and put it to the central meeting. in the central meeting, they have the harder task of weighing up the difference between the shoe lace tying application and the application looking at the history of EU convergence in the early 1990s (whatever that is!) ie they have to judge quality across very diverse academic boundaries. They also have to juggle with the more strategic influences eg the department has decided to raise academic standards, or they have suddenly lost a 17th Century Supervisor for a year, so can't support as many 17th century applicants etc.

    At this stage though, at probably the first meeting in this cycle where they are assessing applications, I suspect it will be very much a benchmarking exercise - yes they might give a no to the weakest 30% of applications received, possibly a yes to the top 2 or 3, but the vast majority looked at will go back into the pending pile until after Christmas, when the general quality of the cohort is more evident. So applications don't just get one shot at the committee, they keep cycling around until they get a decision.
    Would you know whether other departments use this same process, as well? I recently received a lovely email regarding my application to ESD which basically said that although a number of decisions(recommendations and rejections) had been made, a decision on my application was still pending. I gather, then, I am probably in the undecided pile.
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    (Original post by holly_1994)
    Having a bit of a panic moment, and hoping one of you might know something about this?!

    I applied around two weeks ago for the MPhil in Medieval History and have been in touch with potential supervisors (meeting one tomorrow), but my application has already gone from the Department to the Graduate Committee - does this sound ominous to anyone else? It's supposed to take about 1-2 months to be considered by the Dep, and I'm starting to really worry that mine has been passed on so quickly - does anyone know of anyone who has ever applied and had this happen so quickly? Did it turn out okay?
    I would have thought you'd just get an unsuccessful message if they weren't interested, instead of moving you forward to the Grad committee stage. Surely it means you're progressing forward. Hopefully it means they think you're an ace applicant and want to make you an early offer :-)
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    I went to the open day yesterday but missed the talk on applying. Was there any really useful information? Or was it recorded?
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    Just found out yesterday that I received an offer for the MPhil in multi-disciplinary gender studies, with my research dissertation being in the realm of gender medieval history!

    Unbelievably excited!

    I put my application in on the 4th of October.

    Now just to wait and see about colleges! I applied to Corpus and Caius.


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    I had my interview for MPhil in Industrial System, Manufacture, and Management on Tuesday. I feel like it went quite well, and my interviewer said I should hear back in about two weeks.
    This will be the longest two weeks of my life!! Any advice for how to stay calm and patient and not be checking self-service every hour??
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    (Original post by foxofox)
    I had my interview for MPhil in Industrial System, Manufacture, and Management on Tuesday. I feel like it went quite well, and my interviewer said I should hear back in about two weeks.
    This will be the longest two weeks of my life!! Any advice for how to stay calm and patient and not be checking self-service every hour??

    Hey foxofox, I hope your interview went well! What type of questions did they ask? How was your experience with them?
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    I was just accepted for the MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science, but have yet to hear about any funding (particularly the Gates Cambridge, i.e. if they nominated me for consideration). Heard back 5 days after interview. Plans to actually accept are entirely contingent upon funding, though, so doesn't feel like I'm out of the woods at all yet. if anyone knows about the typical timeline for other funding/GC, your sage advice would be great!
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    I would have thought you'd just get an unsuccessful message if they weren't interested, instead of moving you forward to the Grad committee stage. Surely it means you're progressing forward. Hopefully it means they think you're an ace applicant and want to make you an early offer :-)
    Thankfully I received an email today from the Admissions Office saying that it's all okay, and that it wouldn't have been moved on unless it was approved by the faculty panic over!
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    (Original post by amy676)
    Just found out yesterday that I received an offer for the MPhil in multi-disciplinary gender studies, with my research dissertation being in the realm of gender medieval history!

    Unbelievably excited!

    I put my application in on the 4th of October.

    Now just to wait and see about colleges! I applied to Corpus and Caius.


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    Oh wow, that is unbelievably quick! Well done!
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    (Original post by lp27)
    Would you know whether other departments use this same process, as well? I recently received a lovely email regarding my application to ESD which basically said that although a number of decisions(recommendations and rejections) had been made, a decision on my application was still pending. I gather, then, I am probably in the undecided pile.
    Hi
    Even i got the same reply from ESD department . When did you apply though? Do let me know when you hear from them again.
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    (Original post by Rustic)
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    Even i got the same reply from ESD department . When did you apply though? Do let me know when you hear from them again.
    All my documents were received on the18th of October, so about two and a half weeks ago. They are trying to admit fewer students on the MPhil for the October 2017 intake since they will have fewer members of academic staff next year. Hopefully, it will all turn out okay
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    (Original post by lp27)
    All my documents were received on the18th of October, so about two and a half weeks ago. They are trying to admit fewer students on the MPhil for the October 2017 intake since they will have fewer members of academic staff next year. Hopefully, it will all turn out okay
    Damn. So they wont admit 40 like they used to do? I'm curious how you got to know this :P
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    (Original post by Rustic)
    Damn. So they wont admit 40 like they used to do? I'm curious how you got to know this :P
    I asked It seems that might be the case, yes.

    Edit:
    I also found out that they have received very many great applications already this year, so that might also have something to do with it.
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    Anyone know how to find out how many people are admitted for each course? Can't seem to find anything anywhere...
 
 
 

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