Research course

Four Year Route Integrated MPhil/PhD

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Minimum of upper-second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent); IELTS level 7.0 (where relevant).

Months of entry


Course content

The Integrated MPhil/PhD combines supervised doctoral research with accredited research methods training. Students undertake a research thesis (PhD or MPhil) in tandem with the taught modules of a research-focused Masters degree:

  • MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • MSc in Economics of Education
  • MSc in Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • MSc in Research for Public Policy and Practice

Note that Integrated MPhil/PhD students complete only the taught modules of their chosen Masters programme, not the dissertation. The taught modules are undertaken over the first two years of full-time study (or the first three years of part-time study), alongside the doctoral research project. Successful completion of all taught modules is a condition of progression to the third year of the programme (or the fourth year for part-time students).

The programme is aimed at doctoral applicants who recognise the value of accredited research methods training but do not want to delay their doctoral work for a year in order to complete a research-focused Masters programme.

Modules are primarily taught face-to-face in daytime and evening sessions, though some modules can be taken online. Doctoral supervisions may be conducted face-to-face, by phone or electronically.

The programme is designed to be completed in four years of full-time study or seven years of part-time study. The entry date is October each year, applications are accepted from January to the end of August.

Fees and funding

Students may apply for ESRC funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
84 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions
+44 (0)20 7612 6100