With a research degree from Middlesex University, you'll explore innovative ways to tackle major academic problems – and make a new and original contribution to existing knowledge.
The MPhil/PhD programme allows for either a text-based research project, or for a mixed mode, visual research/textual research project:
Please note that all of our PhD students initially enrol on an MPhil and then transfer to a PhD degree.
Are there any taught elements?
Yes – and they are integral to the degree. Your progression will be dependent on satisfactory progress.
Full-time or part-time?
What's the difference
between an MPhil and PhD?
In essence, it relates to the contribution you make to existing knowledge on the research topic that you've selected.
A PhD contributes new knowledge beyond what's currently available. An MPhil contributes new understanding of existing knowledge, by way of a critical review or evaluation.
A Director of Studies and at least one (second) supervisor from the University will conduct your research supervision. Often, an external supervisor is also involved.
Your supervisors will act as personal tutors, helping you to clarify your initial objectives, structure your research and develop supplementary skills. They also advise on subject reading, relevant taught courses, research seminars and workshops.
Support whenever you need it
Academic support and guidance is constantly available, whether you work individually or as part of a team. There are regular research tutorials, plus seminars and meetings with research students, staff and guest speakers.
Collaborations with external partners
If you're working in partnership with an external organisation, you may be jointly supervised by academics from Middlesex University and the collaborating partner.
Where collaboration is involved, you should ensure that from the outset the responsibilities for provision of fees, equipment and any other resources are fully understood and accepted by the partners.
At least a second class Honours Degree.
If you'd like to enrol for our PhD course, you'll first need to enrol for the MPhil and then transfer to a PhD once you've made enough progress with your research – typically after 18-24 months.
Students from the UK and other parts of the EU
Academic Year 2015/16
Academic Year 2016/17
Students from overseas (outside the EU) Academic Year 2015/16 and 2016/17
Funding (also referred to as studentships) for research degrees is limited, and most research degree students are expected to pay their own fees and subsistence costs.
The Find a PhD website has more information on potential sources of funding for research degrees.
To apply for a research degree at Middlesex University you will need to:
Email your research proposal, application form and all compulsory supporting documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any enquiries please email email@example.com or call us on 020 8411 4201.
Please note that you can apply for a research degree at any time of the year however the start term would be either in October or January.
To apply for this course please use the MPhil/PhD/Masters by Research form.
The next available intake is now October 2016.
Middlesex University accepts research proposals in the following disciplinary areas:
|School of Art |
School of Media
and Performing Art
|School of Science |
School of Law
School of Health
Institute for Work
How to write a research proposal
As part of your application, you will need to provide a research proposal. In this, you identify the area of research that interests you. You will also need to prove that you can develop a way of studying and make an original contribution, bearing in mind that a research degree can take up to seven years to complete.
Your proposal should be three to four pages of A4 and should include the following:
Research proposals usually identify a gap in the literature, which you intend to fill. In your proposal, you should demonstrate that you have found an issue that needs to be investigated and the reasons why you feel it is important.
The Computer Science department have fixed entry terms – January; May and October. Next available start term is in October 2016. Deadline for applications is the 15th May 2016.
Please visit the Computer Science website's application guidelines before applying.