UWE Bristol - MPhil Master of Philosophy

UWE Bristol

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Complete an MPhil research degree with us and contribute to advancing knowledge in your specialism.

As an MPhil student, you'll undertake independent research culminating in the production of a thesis. Typically, you will have developed your own research proposal or will be applying for a studentship with a pre-approved project aim.

An MPhil typically takes two to three years of full-time study, or four to six years of part-time study.

Guiding you throughout your MPhil study and successive milestones will be your supervision team, led by a Director of Studies.

Why do a research degree?

The award of a Master of Philosophy requires you to demonstrate that you:

  • have engaged in enquiry which makes a contribution to knowledge within your field of study
  • can demonstrate a systematic understanding of the current state of knowledge within your field of theory and/or practice
  • show the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project capable of contributing new knowledge close to the forefront of the discipline or field of practice
  • can demonstrate a sound understanding of the methodology and techniques of enquiry relevant to the discipline or field of study
  • have developed a capacity to form judgements of issues and ideas in the field of research and/or practice, and communicate and justify these to relevant audiences
  • can critically reflect on your work and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

The overall difference between a doctorate and an MPhil relates to the depth and sophistication of your research, rather than its length or duration.

Course Details

About your thesis

Word length for the MPhil thesis varies according to discipline. It is generally about 20,000 words for engineering, creative practice and science subjects, or up to 40,000 for other areas.

You must demonstrate that you have systematically investigated and evaluated an approved topic and demonstrated an understanding of research methods.

After you have submitted your thesis

After you submit, you will undertake an oral examination (viva voce) in which you will show how you have critically investigated your area of research which contributes to knowledge within your field of study.

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