MPhil / PhD

Postgraduate Research

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.

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Course overview

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

If your research proposal needs further work before you embark on the MPhil/PhD, a Preparation for Research course is available. For a one-off fee, you receive up to six supervisory meetings, IT and library access in order to develop a research proposal.

To find out more about doing a research degree at Winchester, explore our Research Degees website.

What you need to know

Course start date

September and April


On campus, Winchester

Course length

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


Typical offer


Course features

  • Students may register for an MPhil or an MPhil/PhD. We accept applications all year round.
  • 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.

Course details

Start dates

September and April


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


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.

Contact us

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Research Supervision

Find out more information about research supervision.


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to



Through a substantial programme of research, you will critically investigate and evaluate a specific topic and demonstrate an understanding of research methodology appropriate to the field of study. Your topic may be a personal interest, an area of study related to an earlier qualification or an issue an employer would like you to investigate.

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.

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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

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