Master of Philosophy MPhil

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Full-time applicants: Closing date for International students is 3rd December 2018. Closing date for Home applicants is 21st January 2019

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Overview

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.

Read more about research degrees in this Information Booklet (.pdf)

Why us?

  • 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
  • You can often convert your MPhil programme into a PhD and continue your research
  • We're ranked 2nd in the UK for students’ overall satisfaction with their research degree programme according to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2018
  • An MPhil thesis is typically 20,000-40,000 words while a PhD thesis is up to 80,000 words, depending on the subject area
  • You have an option to study this programme at our Sunderland campus or via distance learning

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a research degree is a UK honours degree (first or upper second class) or a UK Masters degree or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent. We will consider candidates with other qualifications, looking at evidence of academic ability such as published work.

If English is not your first language, you will need a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking (or equivalent).

Research proposal

You will be asked to write a 2-3 page research proposal that specifies the:

  • Aims of your research
  • Rationale for the research question(s)
  • Proposed methodology and techniques for analysis
  • Provisional time plan for the research

Fees and finance

We charge annual fees while you are studying and researching for your degree. These costs vary depending on whether you are a candidate from the UK/EU or from a country outside the EU.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Fees for UK/EU candidates

  • On-campus full-time: £4,464 per year
  • On-campus part-time: £2,681 per year
  • Distance learning full-time: £2,681 per year
  • Distance learning part-time: £2,681 per year

Fees for international candidates

  • On-campus full-time: £12,630 per year
  • Distance learning full-time: £7,918 per year
  • Distance learning part-time: £7,918 per year

International scholarship

All full-time self-funding international candidates at postgraduate level are awarded a £1,500 scholarship per year of study. You do not have to apply for this scholarship; it is automatically applied to reduce the annual fees specified above.

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