Birmingham Newman University offers the degrees of PhD and MPhil in partnership with Liverpool Hope University. Postgraduate research students at Newman register at both institutions and work towards a Liverpool Hope University research degree.
Applications are welcomed from students interested in pursuing a full-time or part-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree and who satisfy the University’s entry criteria.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A PhD is an independent piece of research and writing that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge, usually within a given discipline. The maximum length for a PhD thesis is 100,000 words. Students who gain the degree of PhD will have demonstrated:
- The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
- A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice;
- The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
- A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.
The period of study for a PhD is:
Full-time candidates: typically 3 years; final deadline 4 years
Part-time candidates: typically 5 years; final deadline 6 years
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The MPhil is a degree of considerable distinction in its own right, and is awarded for the successful completion of a substantial element of research or equivalent enquiry. The MPhil differs from the PhD only in terms of the scope of study required, demonstrated by the shorter word limit of 60,000, and the extent of the original personal contribution to knowledge. Students who gain the degree of MPhil will 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.
The period of study for an MPhil is:
Full-time: typically two years; final deadline three years
Part-time: typically three years; final deadline four years