MPhil / PhD

Postgraduate Research

We offer a wealth of postgraduate research degree opportunities within a supportive environment. Our many research students are a valuable part of our dynamic research community.

Research degrees at Winchester: celebrating PhD graduates outside Winchester Cathedral

Course overview


Each student's work is managed in collaboration with an expert supervisory team. This 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.

Research Training

Research 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.

Further information

To find out everything you need to know about doing a research degree at Winchester, explore the Research Degrees website.

What you need to know

Course start date

January and September


On campus, Winchester

Course length

4 years full-time (maximum); 7 years part-time (maximum)


Typical offer


For details, visit Research, Research Degrees

Course features

  • Students may register for an MPhil or an MPhil/PhD. We accept applications all year round (but visit Research Degrees for current application details).
  • Subject to satisfactory progress, students must undergo an examination which comprises two interrelated 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.

Course details

Start dates

January and September

The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve learning outcomes. Further details can be obtained by attending an Open Day/Evening, or by contacting the Doctoral School.

Contact us

Email us or visit our web pages.


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.

Application process

All applications are processed through the Doctoral School. Find out how to apply.

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.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Evenings.

If English is not your first language you will need: an Academic IELTS of an average of 6.5 (with a minimum of 7 for writing) is required or equivalent, however each application will be judged individually.

For more information, head to our International Apply Page

Additional costs

2024/25 UK / ROI


Full time max
3 years
£4,780 £16,700
Part time max
6 years
£2,390 £8,350
Preparation for
£1,400 £1,400