Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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Why study this course?

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at London Metropolitan University is conducted purely by research. Each MPhil is the unique development of a student’s individual research project, conducted under the guidance of at least two supervisory members of staff with expertise in the research area.

An MPhil can be pursued in any area of research within the university, where suitable expertise is available to support the proposed research. The University provides a supportive framework for research within which each student’s work is carefully overseen.

More about this course

Each MPhil is an individual and unique project. The research may be conducted in any of the University’s disciplines (or across disciplines) where there is appropriate research expertise.

Although the degree is awarded for research with no taught component, you'll be provided with training and have access to any master's level module that would facilitate the research.

Your progress is closely supported by your supervisor and the School. You'll be encouraged 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 aid your research and future career.

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

The University has a large number of specialist research areas, and many (although not all) of our research students are associated with one of these. These include: The Global Policy Institute, The Centre for Communications Technology, The Intelligent Systems Research Centre, Statistics, Operational research and Mathematics and The Cellular and Molecular Immunology Research Centre, just to name a few.

Staff undertake research and offer supervision in areas including:

  • 3D design
  • architecture for rapid change and scarce resources
  • architecture practice and theory
  • banking, finance and economics
  • curation and socially engaged art practices
  • cyber security
  • design for cultural commons
  • education with a commitment to social justice
  • fine art and photography
  • intelligent systems
  • interiors and environmental design
  • learning and teaching in higher education
  • migration and migrants
  • molecular sciences
  • nutrition
  • politics
  • sustainable and regeneration design
  • urban policy
  • violence against women and children and the emergence of trafficking
  • visual communication
  • work and working lives


To obtain an MPhil you are expected to investigate a topic and make an original contribution to knowledge. As you research, your work is assessed annually by a Research Student Progress Group, to ensure that good progress is being made and that adequate guidance is available.

The degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is 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, and the successful defence of the thesis at an oral examination.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good honours degree from a UK university or equivalent (first or upper-second class), although applicants will usually have obtained a master's degree before entry

Candidates with other qualifications are considered on their merits.

The university only offers supervision to candidates if there is adequate available supervisory expertise in the area of the research project.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Module details to be agreed

Where this course can take you

People with a research degree may become lecturers, teachers or researchers, but these are by no means the only potential 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), the social professions, or non-governmental organisations.

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

PhD by Prior Publication/Output

The University shall award the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) to registered students who successfully complete approved programmes. All proposed research programmes shall be considered for research degree registration on their academic merits.

A PhD by prior output allows students who do not contain traditional qualifications, but have produced research, and developed their skills and knowledge to a doctoral level, to gain academic recognition.

The publications of the student must be accessible to scholars or other interested persons. The work submitted must have been subjected to peer review by the relevant academic community, and also provide evidence of an independent, original and significant contribution to knowledge and critical judgement. All work should have been published in the last ten years, and be traceable in publicly available databases, catalogues, etc.

Programmes of research may be proposed in any field of study, as long as the proposed programme is capable of leading to scholarly research. The written thesis may be supplemented by material other than written form, if special provision has been made and agreed.

Distance learning

There is a distance learning option available. 

What is the difference between the MPhil and PhD?

Research students at London Met can work towards a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). To obtain a PhD you’re expected to investigate a topic and make an original contribution to knowledge. At MPhil level, your research should represent an extension of existing knowledge, although the demands of originality and sustained enquiry are less than those required for a PhD.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips, fieldwork, specialist conferences, and/ 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

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

September entry:

  • Application deadline: 1 July (international applicants)
  • Application deadline: 1 August (home/EU applicants)

January entry:

  • Application deadline: 1 November (international applicants)
  • Application deadline: 1 December (home/EU applicants)

29 January to 16 February 2018.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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