Biological Sciences

Apply for a Masters by Research or MPhil

We offer supervision for research projects agreed with a supervisor lasting a year (MSc by Research) or two years (MPhil).

Masters(MSc) by Research

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to your research interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. 

The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either - including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves.

Masters of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) resembles a PhD but generally takes two years and does not carry the same requirement for original contribution to knowledge.

You'll pursue your individual research project under supervision and submit a thesis.


Apply for a Masters by Research or MPhil

These options are most suitable for self-funding students who wish to develop their research experience.  

  1. Contact your proposed supervisor to discuss your research proposal
  2. Your supervisor will contact the Graduate School to start the application process

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How to Write a Research Proposal

Whether you are limited to one page (as part of a University application or enquiry form) or are required to produce something more substantial for an external funder, the rules about writing a good research proposal are the same: you want to stand out from the crowd and have the best chance of being selected.

Our guide highlights the "golden rules" and provides tips on how to write a good research application.

How to write a good research proposal (1.44 MB PDF)

If you have a question about applying for a Masters by Research or MPhil please contact the Graduate School.

Graduate School

  • School of Biological Sciences

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