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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I studied both Maths and Further Maths at A level and achieved A*s in both, and have continued to use statistics within my course. Am I a suitable candidate for this course?

A. An A-level maths (or further maths) background is not enough for this course, but in exceptional cases we will consider these candidates if they have taken significant steps to fill this gap in their knowledge

Q. I am working and have not recently studied. Whom should I nominate as an academic referee?

A. Please see the guidance given by the Graduate Admissions Office

Q. Does the University of Cambridge participate in any double degree or co-tutelle courses?

A. No.

Q. I did not do my undergraduate degree in an engineering field. May I still apply?

A. An engineering background is not necessarily a prerequisite and other science backgrounds are acceptable. Please see Who Should Apply

Q. Is a recent degree in Information Sciences or Information Technology appropriate background for this course?

A. Usually not. Students are expected to have a strong background in math (calculus, linear algebra), probability, and statistics.

Q. I have currently chosen to work for a year after completing undergraduate. Will this be viewed unfavourably?

A. Mature students are very welcome. Please see Who Should Apply

Q. Must I sit the GRE examination for this program?

A. Cambridge does not require the GRE. Simply give details of your previous education (including transcripts) on your application form.

Q. How many students do you plan to take in for this year?

A. For 2017-18 we are planning to admit 16-20 students on the course.

Q. I am interested in in pursuing a PhD after the programme, and I would like to know if there are opportunities to continue at Cambridge.

A. Our expectation is that students who are successful on the course will be strong candidates to continue to pursue a PhD at Cambridge or at any other top university.

Q. Does a test score of TOEFL work for this program or does each applicant need an IELTS test score?

A. TOEFL and IELTS are accepted for this course. You can find further details here and here. On the second webpage you can enter course details (MPhil in Machine Learning, Speech and Language Technology) and the scores required will be shown.

Q. Is it possible to work with other departments, such as the psychology department, for example during the thesis?

A. There is scope for students to propose their own research projects, but supervision of the projects will be done by affiliated faculty.

Q. Given the application deadlines for PhD programs at Cambridge, there would be limited progress through the MPhil by the time applications are being considered. Is it is expected that students in the MPhil would be able to go through the application process later?

A. Our expectation is that students who are successful on the course will be strong candidates to continue to pursue a PhD at Cambridge or at any other top university, and so we're very aware of the PhD application deadlines. We have structured the course so that there will be early assessment and feedback, in addition to non-assessed contact with senior academic staff. As the course overview indicates, http://www.mlsalt.eng.cam.ac.uk/Main/CoreModules , the equivalent of 4 modules will be assessed before the 2nd term. This should provide enough of a basis for faculty to write letters of support for applications, studentships, etc.

Q. My question isn't answered. What should I do?

A. For further information please contact e-mail: mlsalt-mphil-enquiries@eng.cam.ac.uk