Research course

Master of Philosophy

London Metropolitan University

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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:

  • migration and migrants
  • education with a commitment to social justice
  • violence against women and children and the emergence of trafficking
  • work and working lives
  • banking, finance and economics
  • intelligent systems
  • nutrition
  • architecture for rapid change and scarce resources
  • curation and socially engaged art practices
  • religion and politics
  • politics learning and teaching in higher education
  • urban policy
  • molecular sciences


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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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