Ty Crawshay - Treforest - Pontypridd Campus

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


What is a MPhil?


The unique scope of a Master of Philosophy or MPhil programme makes it the most in-depth Master's study you can undertake and one which is distinct in its own right.

Like other research degrees, an MPhil allows you to conduct an independent, supervised research project which aims to make a considerable contribution in your chosen field.

It is a good choice if your project isn’t extensive enough for a PhD or perhaps you are looking for a shorter programme. A standalone MPhil normally takes two years when studied full time, or you can study for three to four years part-time.

For the MPhil, you will submit and defend via oral examination, a thesis of up to 60,000 words (as opposed to 100,000 for a PhD) demonstrating critical investigation and analysis of a topic. You will also demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methods and their application to your chosen field.

Where the submission involves your own creative works or a scholarly edition of the creative works of others, the thesis word count will be reduced to no more than 25,000 words.

Great reasons for studying an MPhil

You can complete your MPhil on a full or part time basis, on campus or by distance (if the nature of the research allows). There are no classes to attend as the MPhil is based on research so you can fit your research around other responsibilities.

An MPhil is a valuable standalone qualification which provides advanced research skills that are highly regarded by employers.

MPhil candidates may have the option to transfer to an MPhil/PhD programme after 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study, subject to supervisor and Faculty approval.


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a UK 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent); or appropriate, relevant qualifications / experience regarded by the University as equivalent. International applicants must evidence either a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (including 5.5 in reading and writing) or a recent Masters from an English speaking country. Please note, some subject areas require a higher IELTS score.

How to apply

As part of your application for an MPhil, you will need to submit a research proposal demonstrating the background and context to the proposed project and why it is important; your research question, aims and objectives; and details of how you plan to conduct the research. When you are ready to submit an application, this is how you do it. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate School.


MPhil (Animation and Visual Effects)

MPhil (Applied Sciences)
MPhil (Built Environment)
MPhil (Business)
MPhil (Civil / Mechanical / Aeronautical Engineering)
MPhil (Communication Design & Photography)
MPhil (Drama)
MPhil (Education)
MPhil (Electronic Engineering)
MPhil (English)
MPhil (Health)
MPhil (History)
MPhil (Law / Accounting & Finance)
MPhil (Media, Culture & Communication)
MPhil (Music & Sound)
MPhil (Police Sciences)
MPhil (Psychology)
MPhil (Social Policy & Criminology)
MPhil (Sport)
MPhil (Sustainable Environment)
MPhil (Writing)

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Graduate School
8 Forest Grove
University of South Wales
Treforest Campus
CF37 1DL

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Studying your MPhil by distance allows you to benefit from our support and expertise, while conducting your research from anywhere in the world


"Long before the pandemic hit our shores, I had been supervising students remotely using Skype, with it been very easy to read drafts of the thesis and comment on them asynchronously and synchronously. In terms of process, we ask students to send drafts of their work a few days before supervision meetings, so the team can document detailed comments prior to the meeting.  It works very well, as many of our students are professionals, living in places such as the USA and Europe."   Professor Paul Carr, Professor in Popular Music Analysis, Music, Performance and Media Research Unit


"I've found that remote supervision via our online meeting facilities has been excellent for both supervisors and students, especially given the busy schedules and many other commitments at home and in work we all often have. The time and money saved from not having to physically get from A to B has been enormous, but there are clearly other advantages too. The sessions can be easily recorded for everyone's benefit and to track progress and share ideas, but also I think students usually feel more at ease talking with supervisors in their own environment, and/or having ready access to all their work and supporting literature/other materials." Professor Steve Smith, Professor of Social Policy, Centre for Social Policy