If you want to study for a PhD you will first need to register for an MPhil. If your research is good enough, you will be able to transfer to a PhD programme after 12-18 months. You can also take an MPhil as a qualification in its own right. It requires a shorter thesis than a PhD, but you will still need to complete an oral examination (viva) to qualify.

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Why do an MPhil?

An MPhil is a first step to a PhD. It also enables you to gain a research qualification if your research project doesn’t have enough scope for a full PhD.

Research areas

To be accepted for an MPhil or PhD programme you will need to submit a research proposal.

Before you do this, you need to discuss your ideas with an academic (who may become your academic supervisor ) whose research interests complement your own.


The following 2020/21 tuition fees apply to the standard MPhil. View the list of standard MPhil subjects this applies to.

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Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

How to apply

Firstly,  view the research areas on offer to find an academic supervisor.

Once you have discussed your proposed research with an academic supervisor, you can begin your application.


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