The Degree of MPhil


The Degree of MPhil involves research work by thesis (approx. 40,000 words) and is normally completed in two years from the date of first registration for the programme. See also under General Regulations for the Degree of Master by Research.

The MPhil is available in the following areas:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Asian Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Béaloideas
  • Celtic Civilisation
  • Chinese Studies
  • Composition
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Early and Medieval Irish
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • European Studies
  • Folklore
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek and Roman Civilisation
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Italian
  • Mathematical Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Irish
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Policy Studies
  • Politics
  • Study of Religions
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Students registering for the MPhil may, on the recommendation of the Head of Department and/or Supervisor and the approval of the academic bodies be permitted to transfer to the PhD after at least one year from the date of first registration for the programme and will be required to demonstrate progress in the form of a minimum of 10,000 words of written work, as well as defending their work at interview.

The regulations set out apply to MPhil degree applicants in the subjects indicated.


Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules.