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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

An MPhil typically takes:

  • two to three years of full-time study; or
  • four to six years of part-time study.

You will usually need a first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to your proposed research programme.

Word length for the MPhil thesis varies according to discipline, and is about 20,000 words for healthcare, science and engineering, or 40,000 for other subject areas. It will be the subject of an oral examination in which you will show how you have critically investigated your area of research.

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider you for admission to a research degree without the conventional qualifications. If you have substantial relevant professional experience, including publications or written reports, the University will consider these as a potential alternative basis for an application for admission to a research degree programme.

You might also be interested in downloading the regulations for the award of research degrees (PDF).

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