MPhil/MSc by research

Both MPhil and MSc by research degrees are awarded following a supervised individual research programme presented as a thesis for examination.

A candidate for an MPhil must undertake an investigation but, compared to the PhD, the work may be limited in scope and the degree of originality. In a high quality MPhil, evidence is required of the ability to test ideas; understand appropriate techniques; make use of published work and source material; and show familiarity with different theories and empirical studies.

At the end of your research proegramme, you are required to submit a thesis of 50,000 (maximum) for a Master of Philosophy degree and for a Master of Science, this will be 40,000 words maximum. Candidates will be examined based on this submitted thesis. The examiners may at their discretion examine the candidate orally on the subject of the thesis and on the particular field of learning within which the subject of his/her thesis falls.

Entry requirements

• a Bachelor’s degree with an Honours classification of Upper Second or First or;
• an academic or professional qualification incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at FHEQ level 6, with a level of achievement equivalent to a good Honours degree
• a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate with a level of achievement equivalent to a good Honours degree or;
• an equivalent level of attainment to (i) above through a combination of certified or experiential learning

Please contact us if you need any further details.

Start dates

October, January, April and July.


MSc by Research: One year full-time/two years part-time.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil): One year full-time/two years part-time.

Delivery modes

Full time/part-time/split-site/distance learning (online Doctoral Programme)


More details about masters degrees in the School of the Built Environment can be found here.