Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)

The MPhil and PhD are two distinct higher degrees, with the MPhil differing from the PhD in terms of the scope of study required and the extent of the original personal contribution to knowledge.

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Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD) at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a track record of high academic achievement, relevant to the discipline being applied to, demonstrated by a first-class or high upper second-class undergraduate Honours degree and/or a Masters degree (or equivalent) and supported by two academic references. Applicants without a degree in a related discipline must demonstrate relevant experience and engagement with the subject area.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent, however each application will be judged individually

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

For more information about tuition fees, visit our Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Degree duration

Full-time: 4 years (maximum)
Part-time: 7 years (maximum)

Start dates: October and April

Application process

All applications are processed through the Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre and applicants are advised to make contact with potential supervisors prior to submission of their application.

Preparation for Research

For those students whose research proposal needs further work before embarking on the MPhil/PhD, Preparation for Research is available. For a one-off fee, students receive up to six supervisory meetings, IT and Library access in order to develop a research proposal.

 

Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827483
Email: PGRadmin@winchester.ac.uk

Students may register for a MPhil or a MPhil/PhD. Subject to satisfactory progress, students must undergo an examination which comprises two inter-related elements - a presentation of written or creative material and a viva voce assessment.

For MPhil registered students, both components must be passed to receive the award. For students registered for a PhD failure in either component may prevent progression and an exit award of MPhil may apply.

Each student's work is managed in collaboration with a supervisory team, which is led by a Director of Studies together with a second supervisor(s) and may also include specialist adviser(s), especially in the case of interdisciplinary research. This supervisory team supports the student and oversees the development of the research programme through regular supervision sessions. Alongside the production of the thesis, students undertake research training through the Research Training Programme and by attending appropriate seminars, conferences or other events as advised by their supervisory team. This leads to the production of a thesis or, in the case of candidates in Creative Writing or Creative Practice, the production of creative work supported by contextual materials.

Preparation for Research

For those students whose research proposal needs further work before embarking on the MPhil/PhD, Preparation for Research is available. For a one-off fee, students receive up to six supervisory meetings, IT and Library access in order to develop a research proposal.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

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Application

All applications are processed through the Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre and applicants are advised to make contact with potential supervisors prior to submission of their application.

The following policy documents provide additional information in regards to the application process for this course: 

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