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Master of Philosophy MPhil and Doctor of Philosophy PhD

Learn about the course below
October 2020
January 2020
£4,700 per year (UK/EU)*
£13,500 per year (INT)*

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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.

Why study MPhil Master of Philosophy / PhD Doctor of Philosophy at Middlesex University?

In essence, the main difference between an MPhil and a PhD 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 whereas an MPhil contributes new understanding of existing knowledge, by way of a critical review or evaluation.

Expert supervision

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 degrees, research seminars and workshops.

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.

What will you study on the MPhil Master of Philosophy / PhD Doctor of Philosophy?

The MPhil/PhD programme allows for either a text-based research project, or for a mixed mode, visual research/textual research project:

  • For the mixed mode version, you'll need an appropriate presentation of visual research and a text of up to 20,000 words (MPhil) or 40,000 (PhD).
  • For text only, the figures are 40,000 and 80,000 maximum.

Please note that all of our PhD students initially enrol on an MPhil and then transfer to a PhD degree.

Taught elements

The taught elements in both programmes are integral to the degree. Your progression will be dependent on satisfactory progress.

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