Master of Research Degree
- The Master of Research (MRes) is a Level 7 Qualification distinguished from a Taught Masters by its high ratio of research to teaching, and by the focus of teaching on research methods. The curriculum and the student experience are governed by the research Programme regulations, whilst assessment processes are subject to the regulations for taught Programmes.
- Programmes are modular and must include at least 180 credits, with a maximum of 30 credits at Level 6 and a minimum of 150 credits at Level 7. Programmes should include at least 30 credits of identifiable, transferable skills Modules and a Dissertation/ Substantive Project of 105-150 credits (on 180-credit Programmes; pro-rata for extended Programmes). The Qualification typically takes a minimum of 1800 hours, or one FTE Calendar Year, to complete.
Master of Philosophy
- The MPhil is a Level 7 research Qualification which may be a stand-alone Qualification or the first step towards completion of a PhD. The Programme is non-modular, but may require attendance at lectures and seminars. Programmes typically require two Calendar Years of study at Level 7 or Level 8. A student may opt to complete the MPhil via submission of a thesis, or the student may be eligible to Upgrade to PhD status.
Master of Philosophical Studies
- The MPhilStud is a Level 7 research Qualification, successful completion of which may qualify graduates to enter a relevant PhD programme with PhD (rather than MPhil) status. The curriculum and the student experience are governed by the research Programme regulations, assessment of research training and specialisation Modules are subject to the regulations for taught Programmes, whilst the assessment of the Dissertation is subject to research Programme regulations.
- The Programme is modular and must include at least 360 credits at Level 7. The Programme should include at least 90 credits of research training Modules, 150 credits of research specialisation Modules, and a Dissertation of 120 credits. The Qualification typically takes 3600 hours, or two FTE Calendar Years, to complete.
- Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation, construction and/ or exposition of knowledge which extends the forefront of a discipline.
- Programmes typically require three Full-time or five Part-time Calendar Years of study at Level 8 and students must be registered for at least two Calendar Years. On PhD Programmes, students must initially register on the MPhil before Upgrading to the PhD.
- Professional Doctorates aim to develop an individual's professional practice and to support them in producing an original contribution to professional knowledge.
- Programmes include a substantial taught element in addition to the research component. Programmes typically require three FTE Calendar Years of study at Level 8 and students must be registered for at least two Calendar Years.
- An Integrated Doctorate incorporates the attributes and outcomes of both a Research Masters (MRes) and a Doctorate (MPhil/PhD, EngD), providing students with a sound grounding in research methods from which to develop an original contribution to knowledge.
- The Masters must include at least 180 credits, with a maximum of 30 credits at Level 6 and a minimum of 150 credits at Level 7, and typically takes 1800 hours, or one FTE Calendar Year, to complete. On successful completion of the Masters, the student may progress to the Level 8 doctoral Programme, studying for a further three FTE years. Students must be registered on the doctoral Programme for at least two Calendar Years and, on PhD Programmes, students must initially register on the MPhil before Upgrading to the PhD.