Academic Registry

 

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Registration Period

MPhil Full Time - 2 years

MPhil Part Time - 4 years

 

Award

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

For more details including the standard for research degrees please see the  Awards of the University of Portsmouth

 

Key Milestones/Deadlines

 

Year of Registration

Part Time

Full Time

Year 1

Submission for Annual Review

Submission for Major Review  - optional (to upgrade to PhD)

Submission for Annual Review

Year 2

Submission for Major Review  - optional (to upgrade to PhD)

Submission for Annual Review

Submission of Thesis for Examination

Year 3

Submission for Annual Review

 

Year 4

Submission of Thesis for Examination

 
 

 

Regulations

Regulations for Higher Degree by Research

 

Descriptor for a Higher Education Qualification at level 7: Master Degree

The descriptor provided for this level of the framework is for any master's degree which should meet the descriptor in full. This qualification descriptor can also be used as a reference point for other level 7 qualifications, including postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas.

Master's degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  • conceptual understanding that enables the student:
  • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

And holders will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Much of the study undertaken for master's degrees will have been at, or informed by, the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. Students will have shown originality in the application of knowledge, and they will understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and they will show originality in tackling and solving problems. They will have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

 For further details on the Masters level description please see the QAA Framework for Higher Education