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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

  1. What will I get from an MPhil?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Entry requirements
  4. Application closing dates
What will I get from an MPhil?

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.

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How does it work?

An MPhil may be completed on either a full-time or a part-time basis, with a normal study period of 15 months for full-time study or 24 months for part-time study.

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.

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Entry requirements

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.

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Application closing dates

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.

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