MPhil study

What is an MPhil?

The MPhil is a programme of independent, self-directed research reviewing or surveying and collating and evaluating existing knowledge in an approved topic and presenting the findings in a thesis for examination including a viva. Like the PhD, the MPhil develops your research and generic skills and is pursued under the guidance of a team of expert supervisors. It differs from the PhD in that it is a smaller scale of work, conducted over a shorter period of time and does not create new knowledge in the field. The MPhil can be taken as a separate, target award, but most commonly forms the initial stage of study within a linked MPhil/PhD programme, where the registration is upgraded to PhD once it is established that the work has the potential for an original contribution to knowledge.

Attendance Mode Number of hours per week Maximum length of programme Start dates
Full time At least 35 hours a week Your programme of research should be completed within 36 months September
Part time (Home students only) At least 15 hours a week Your programme of research should be completed within 60 months September

What should I do next?

Then, if you do decide to proceed, you will need to apply via UKPASS, the UK online applications system.

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Fees and funding

How much will it cost to study a research degree?

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How to write your research proposal

Discover how you should write your research proposal before applying for University of Westminster.