Research course


University of West London · University of West London

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in your chosen subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are higher degrees obtained by research. Both offer an excellent opportunity to study a topic in-depth and at the same time, develop your intellectual, technical and managerial skills.

The two courses differ slightly in that research at the MPhil level represents an extension of existing knowledge, while at the PhD level you will be expected to make an original contribution to knowledge.

Most students enrol first for the MPhil and transfer to the PhD when their work has sufficiently developed. However, it is possible to enrol directly onto the PhD course if you are appropriately qualified.

While you are on the course, you will have a supervisory team made up of a Director of Studies with expertise in your chosen field, a further supervisor and, where appropriate, an additional adviser. You will, of course, be able to access all the general support facilities on offer at the University.

Information for international students

International students should refer to:

Fees and funding

UK students
GBP £3,995
International students
GBP £11,500

For information about funding please refer to:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Research Degrees
0800 036 8888