In essence the difference between a MPhil and PhD relates to the contribution you make to existing knowledge on the research topic that you've selected:
Our Doctoral students are automatically members of the School of Law's Doctoral Institute, where they can interact with fellow research degree students and staff from across the School.
They organise regular events and presentations to assist a dynamic culture of knowledge exchange and to generate ideas and debates.
They also offer a range of groups, courses and training. Visit the Institute page to find out what they have planned in the coming months, or visit the pages below for more details:
You may undertake a programme of research in which your own work – such as a report – forms, as a point of origin or reference, a significant part of the intellectual enquiry and is presented for examination.
The length of the thesis is reduced accordingly:
The work is always undertaken as part of the registered research programme – and the standards are the same as those applied where the work is totally by thesis.
Please note that all of our PhD students initially enrol on an MPhil and then transfer to a PhD degree.
Taught elements are available, particularly to students researching in social sciences. Depending on your area of research and academic background your supervisor may recommend that you register for research training classes.
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.
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.
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.