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Biodiversity, Environmental Change & the Green Economy; Creative, Digital & Cognitive Science and Technology & Design are some of the many research themes in the Faculty of Science & Technology.  

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an opportunity to critically investigate and evaluate a specific topic in one of our specialisms with a research supervisor. We strongly support collaboration across specialisms, both within our faculty and across the university as a whole, giving you plenty of scope to investigate a topic that you are passionate about. Many of our MPhil candidates will go on to complete their research as a PhD.

You can find out more about our interdisciplinary research themes from the Faculty's web pages.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2017, April 2017 and September 2017


Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus


2 years

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and a relevant Master's degree. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements

Course details

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 Science & Technology, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Aquatic science
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Conservation
  • Creative technology
  • Design simulation
  • Environment
  • Forensic science
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Primatology
  • Psychology
  • Smart technology
  • Software systems
  • Sustainable design.


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.


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.

Additional information

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