You can be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) after critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic and demonstrating an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You'll be expected to present and defend a thesis and/or practical element, by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners. You can register to study for an MPhil on a full-time or part-time basis.
The main focus of an MPhil is to carry out a unique research project, within any research area that is covered by one of our eight research themes - these involve cross-faculty collaboration and present an excellent opportunity to work on an impactful research project.
Areas of study
You can study for an MPhil across a range of subject areas within the Faculty of Media & Communication, including:
- Public law
- Intellectual property law
Your supervisory team will:
- Provide appropriate support and guidance regarding BU’s research degree regulations, policies and procedures
- Give support when you are planning your research project, progressing through key milestones to successfully completing in the expected timeframe
- Maintain regular contact with you and provide constructive feedback on written work and during meetings to support your progress
- Advise you on professional and personal skill development training opportunities
- Give guidance about attending and presenting your work at internal and external seminars and conferences
- Advise on publication of your work in journals and other appropriate media.
Full entry requirements
We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2:1) and/or an appropriate Master's degree.
Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject.
As entry requirements can vary, it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
How to apply
You can apply for a MPhil with the Faculty of Media & Communication by clicking on the 'apply now' button and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full. You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green - only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green.
We will take the following factors into account when considering your application:
- Academic qualifications
- The nature and viability of your proposed research
- The university's capacity to provide you with appropriate supervision throughout your research
- English language proficiency
- Evidence of access to appropriate resources to support your living costs and pay registration fees over the period of your research.
As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies and provide a personal statement. Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.
You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application.
You can find further guidance about applying for a MPhil research degree in our Postgraduate Research section.
Every year, we offer a number of fully-funded doctoral opportunities across our faculties - you can see what funding is available in your area of interest here.
Undertaking a research degree will not only allow you to carry out research in a specialist field, it will also equip you with a range of transferable skills that can be applied to roles within project management, commercial research and development, or consultancy services.
You may also decide that you would like to pursue a career within academia, developing the research that you undertake during your MPhil and sharing your expertise with others who have an interest in a similar field.