University of Cambridge M Phil (Master of Philosophy)
There are two types on MPhil on offer at Cambridge: the MPhil by Advanced Study, which includes a taught element, and the MPhil by Research which is a research only programme leading to a dissertation.
The MPhil in Advanced Study varies in length between nine and 12 months, and the MPhil by Research is a year long programme. It is also possible to study a small number of MPhils part-time over two years.
The MPhil by Advanced Study is assessed in a variety of ways, and may include all of some of the following elements – written course work; a dissertation; timed written examinations; and in some cases an oral examination on your coursework and/or dissertation and the field of knowledge in which it falls.
Both types of MPhil provide an excellent transition to full-scale PhD research. They introduce you to research skills and specialist knowledge, and an MPhil dissertation may be a valuable introductory experience in the preparation of and work on a research dissertation. In fact, in some subjects, an MPhil is a prerequisite for continuing on to research work.
There is no automatic continuation from an MPhil to a PhD – an application must be made to ‘continue’, and a suitable supervisor must be identified. If an offer of admission to the PhD is made, it will be conditional on your performance in the MPhil, as well as on providing evidence of your ability to fund your PhD studies. Other conditions may also be specified.