A research degree – MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or PhD
(Doctor of Philosophy) – is an individual academic investigation
carried out under the supervision of a small team of specialists
who offer high-level advice, support and training.
Typically, for both degrees you are required to:
An MPhil usually takes two years full-time or three years
You are asked to produce a thesis which reflects your ability to
apply appropriate research methods to recent developments in a
A PhD is a more complex project that makes a significant and
original contribution in the field.
Students normally register for an MPhil in the first instance
and then transfer to a PhD; in which case, full-time study lasts
approximately three years (typically five to six years for
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In certain subjects we also offer the MRes (Master of Research)
This is a taught postgraduate degree which places emphasis on a
You can apply to study a research degree by an
expression of interest or by applying for a studentship.
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