Research courses

What is a Research Course?

The MPhil (Master of Philosophy) & MRech (Master of Research) are stand-alone postgraduate research degrees that are attained by undertaking a programme over one year. This is often pursued after the completion of a bachelor’s degree as an intermediate step before transferring onto a PhD programme thereafter.

To be considered, potential applicants should normally have a bachelor’s degree with good grades. However, universities may vary their entry requirements depending on academic areas, sometimes requiring a taught master’s degree.

The MPhil is the first stepping-stone towards a PhD. It equips students with advanced research techniques that are required to start a PhD. The research undertaken in an MPhil course is normally limited in scope and originality, in comparison to a PhD.

This means you will identify and choose a specific area of knowledge that has not been explored before. You will then take on the task of investigating the area, scrutinizing information, and recording your findings.

Why do research courses?


Will a research course enhance my career?

The PhD and DBA are the highest academic degrees you can earn within a field of study, as part of the first key stage of a career in academic research. These qualifications have a uniquely special value in many professional areas.

  1. Contributes to venture into further learning to specialize in your area of study
  2. Facilitates you to build a career surrounding areas you are passionate about and discover new areas of interest as you further your study.
  3. Furnishes you with extra skills and qualifications which can benefit your future career prospects.
  4. Adds diversity in your career to boost job satisfaction in the future.
Who would benefit from research courses?

Many universities in the UK offer Skills Training via a central research office. This equips students with a range of research, transferable and career-oriented skills, in addition to the rigorous academic experience.

Students in research profit through fostering critical thinking and analytical skills. Furthermore, they are able to profile their academic career and personal interests in their specified course, expand in knowledge and understanding of the chosen field. Moreover students would be able to cultivate one on one connections with the faculty in their field, and build a community with peers, faculty and organizations.

How does it work?

Once the research is completed, students are to write a 60,000-word thesis, which they will then need to defend in an oral examination. The research thesis demonstrates the student’s proficiency in research methods, ability in research design, knowledge of the area researched, understanding of the associated academic subject area(s) and skills in critical evaluation.

The duration of a PhD is usually a minimum of 3 years of full-time study. However, some universities design it for 4 years including the writing up process. PhDs are research courses.

How can we help?


Courses :


Progression Route:
  • MPhil & MRech: 1-2 years.
  • PhDs & DBAs: 3-5 years.
Start Date:


  • January-February
  • May-June
  • September-October

Some institutions enroll new students all year round.

Course Location:
  • United Kingdom
  • European Union
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Entry Requirements:
  • MPhil & MRech: Bachelor’s Degree holders.
  • MPhil leading to PhD: 1st Class Bachelor’s Degree holders.
  • PhDs: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree holders.
  • DBAs: Master’s degree or MBA holders.
  • English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or over, with 7.0 in writing.

Depends on the duration and type of course: £6,000 to £35,000.

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