With an MPhil, unlike a taught degree, you decide what areas you want to study, and which questions you want to research. You take the initiative while we support you with advice, guidance and facilities.
For many people, an MPhil is a way of testing whether postgraduate research suits them. If it does, you can often convert your MPhil programme into a PhD and continue your research.
Compared to a PhD, an MPhil requires fewer years of study – as few as two years compared to at least three years for a PhD. The demands for originality are also less than those required for a PhD.
During your MPhil, we will train you in rigorous research methodologies that are transferable to many different careers. Our Postgraduate Research Development programme allows you to learn alongside other candidates, building up a network of potential collaborators in research projects.
There is no doubt that research degrees require persistence and dedication. At the same time, they are excellent opportunities to develop your critical skills and high-level thinking. Most important of all, they allow you to focus on what you find interesting and to follow your personal research interests.
An MPhil thesis is typically 20,000-40,000 words while a PhD thesis is up to 80,0000 words, depending on the subject area.
You have an option to study this programme at our Sunderland campus or via distance learning.