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Research Degree - MPhil / Phd

Why study this course?

PhD and MPhil students at London Metropolitan University benefit from a supportive environment and expert supervision by academics researching in a wide range of disciplines.

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As a London Metropolitan University research student you are provided with research training and have access to any Masters level module that will be helpful to you.

Your progress is closely supported by your supervisors, school, and the team in the Research and Postgraduate Office. You will be encouraged and supported to attend conferences, write papers, and publish while pursuing your research.

The University has strong links with industry, business, the legal profession, and governmental and non-governmental organisations that will facilitate your research and future career.

Research students are an important part of the academic community at London Metropolitan University and included in all conferences, lecture series and research seminar series.

The University has a large number of research institutes and centres, and many (although not all) of our research students are associated to one of these.

They include: The John Grieve Centre for Policing; The Institute for Policy Studies in Education; The Human Rights and Social Justice Institute; The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit; The Institute for Advanced Studies in Business, Management and Law; The Global Policy Institute; The Cellular and Molecular Immunology Research Centre; and The Centre for Communications Technology. Within Art and Architecture there are a number of research focuses that research students are associated with, including critical curation, critical materiality, music technology, cities, and rapid change and scarce resources.


The degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are awarded by the University after the successful presentation of a thesis based on an original piece of research completed under the supervision of University staff.

To obtain a PhD the candidate is expected to investigate a topic and make an original contribution to knowledge. Research at MPhil level should represent an extension of existing knowledge, although the demands of originality and sustained enquiry are less than those for a PhD.

The normal minimum requirement for enrolment for a research degree is a good honours degree from a UK university or equivalent (first or second class).

Increasingly, applicants tend to have obtained a master's degree before entry. Candidates with other qualifications are considered on their merits. The University is sympathetic to mature applicants whose experience of research might be judged to compensate for a lack of formal qualifications at the required level.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

We have PhD students in all our schools: The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design; Guildhall School of Business and Law; the School of Computing and Digital Media, the School of Human Sciences and the School of Social Sciences.

Each PhD project is unique, and yours will be fine-tuned in consultation with the two supervisors dedicated to your research. Recent research areas include:

  • Gujarati women in London learning English; Putting the Syrian “Spring” in context
  • Occupational stress in Malta; Counter-terrorism in the UK
  • The Left in West Germany
  • The experiences of counselling trainees
  • Childhood malnutrition in Khartoum
  • Depression among Black and ethnic minority women
  • Smartphones and machine learning
  • Managers and self-directed learning
  • Leadership development in the hotel industry

This is in addition to many others across all schools and disciplines.

MPhil and PhD study is self-directed. Students are allocated a supervisory team composed of a director of studies and normally two other supervisors. These are allocated on the basis of the candidate's application, research topic and interview.

Many people with an MPhil or PhD become lecturers, teachers or researchers, but these are by no means the only destinations.

Depending on your discipline, you may go into industry (this is frequently the case for graduates in biological or computer science), the City (business and law graduates), public sector management and/or policy-making (social science and business graduates), international governmental organisations (social science and business graduates) or non-governmental organisations.

Many of our graduates are mid-career and use their degree for career enhancement in (for example) the police or security services, education, counselling, or diplomacy.

There is a distance learning option available. 

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

To apply for the research degree please send the following documents to

You can find more information about writing the research proposal, the application process and potential supervisors on our research pages.

When to apply

September entry:

Application deadline: 1 July (international applicants)
Application deadline: 1 August (home/EU applicants)
Enrolment dates: 18 September to 14 October 2017

January entry:

Application deadline: 1 November (international applicants)
Application deadline: 1 December (home/EU applicants)
Enrolment dates: 29 January to 16 February 2017

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