You will gain a significant grounding in research methods and skills that will equip you either to enter a career as a professional in your field, or to continue in your studies to complete a PhD.
Once you have completed your research you must write a 60,000-word thesis, which you submit and then defend via an oral examination (a viva). The thesis will demonstrate your proficiency in research methods, your knowledge and understanding, and a critical evaluation of your academic subject area.
Applicants should normally hold or be expecting to obtain a Bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught Masters degree is also required. Please contact the Postgraduate Convenor in your discipline for more information on entry requirements and to discuss your suitability for an MPhil.
You may begin your studies in either October or February. This ensures that you benefit from development and training as part of a cohort of postdoctoral students. You can apply for October or February entry at any point in the year, with the following cut-off dates:
For 1st October start, the closing date for applications is 30th April
For 1st February start, the closing date for applications 31st August.