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MPhil and PhD

Our MPhil and PhD programmes aim to equip students with the skills to design, research and write an MPhil or PhD to the standard expected by the University of Worcester.

  • Allied Health Studies MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Allied Health Studies.

  • Animal Biology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Animal Biology.

  • Archaeology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Archaeology.

  • Art and Design MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Art and Design.

  • Atmospheric Sciences MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Science.

  • Biochemistry MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Biochemistry.

  • Business MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Business.

  • Computing MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Computing.

  • Creative Digital Media MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester is expanding research degrees in the area of Design History (particularly industrial design history) and aspects of Graphic Design and Digital Media.

  • Criminology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Criminology.

  • Dementia Studies MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Dementia Studies.

  • Drama and Performance MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Drama and Performance.

  • Ecology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Ecology.

  • Education MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in a range of areas of Education.

  • English Literature and Language MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in English Literature and Language.

  • Environmental Studies/Science MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Environmental Sciences/Studies.

  • Film Studies MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Film Studies.

  • History MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in History.

  • Human Biology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Human Biology.

  • Human Geography MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Human Geography.

  • Mathematics MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Mathematics or Statistics.

  • Media and Cultural Studies MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Media and Cultural Studies.

  • Midwifery MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Midwifery.

  • Nursing MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Nursing.

  • Occupational Therapy MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Occupational Therapy.

  • Physical Geography MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Physical Geography.

  • Plant Biology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Plant Biology.

  • Psychology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Psychology.

  • Social Work & Social Policy MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Social Work and Social Policy.

  • Sociology MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Sociology.

  • Sport & Exercise Science MPhil/PhD

    The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Sport and Exercise Science.

 

Difference between PhD and MPhil

A PhD thesis comprises an integrated whole, presents a coherent argument, and forms a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts and/or by the exercise of independent critical power.

A MPhil thesis is either a record of original work or of an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge and provides evidence that the field has been thoroughly surveyed.

Supervision

All MPhil and PhD students will be allocated a supervisory team. Between them, the members of the team will have both subject expertise and experience of supervision. These are the people who will oversee the research and support the student’s development as a researcher. At least one of the team will be a member of staff at Worcester, i.e. an ‘internal supervisor’.

The internal supervisor(s) will provide the bulk of the supervision and for this reason are expected to have some prior experience of supervising MPhil or PhD students. It is common, however, for one or occasionally more, of the supervisory team to be external to the University.

It may be that this ‘external supervisor’ is attached to another University or perhaps to an organisation or business involved in research and development or is a highly-respected retired academic.  In every case, the external supervisor will bring an expertise and experience to the team that is appropriate for the project.

Researcher Development Programme

Our Researcher Development Programme gives students access to an extensive programme of modules, courses and workshops, offered both face-to-face and online, that will develop their skills and capabilities as a researcher and equip them with a set of transferable skills that will enhance their employability. While some key elements of the programme are compulsory, students work with their supervisors to develop an overall programme of development specific and relevant to their individual needs.

For more information contact researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk