MPhil Music

Course summary

The two courses differ in that research at MPhil level represents an extension of existing knowledge, while at PhD level, students will be expected to make an original contribution to knowledge.

Most students enrol first for MPhil and transfer to PhD when their work has developed sufficiently.

The University normally expects all prospective MPhil / PhD students to complete the PgCert in Research prior to enrolling as a research student. However, students may be exempt from this on the basis of 'advanced standing'.

Course detail

The aim of the MPhil research programme is to enable research students, nationally and internationally, to explore and critically evaluate related issues to extend the knowledge base of their field.

The programme is designed to build on your existing strengths and to bring you to the leading edge of knowledge in your chosen area of research.

The MPhil research programme consists of the following stages:

Initial stage
Submission of a short outline research proposal and a brief CV to help us to assess the candidate's suitability, the viability of the topic to be investigated, and to allocate a suitable supervisor to the candidate.

Acceptance of candidate:
Once the suitability of the candidate and the topic for investigation has been established, the candidate is accepted onto the programme on a probationary basis.  If the candidate does not have a masters qualification that involves some form of primary research they will be expected to complete the first 60 credits of the University's generic MA/MSc in Research (exemption will only be on the basis of advanced standing).  On completion of 60 credits the student will be eligible to receive a Postgraduate Certificate as recognition of their initial achievement.  Whilst registered on the Postgraduate Certificate in Research the student will begin working with their principal supervisor, who will support and guide them to produce a full research proposal for submission to the Research Degrees Committee.  Once the student has completed the Postgraduate Certificate they will be expected to submit a proposal to the next meeting of the Research Degrees Committee, in order to be formally enrolled and registered as an MPhil/PhD student.

If the candidate is exempt from the Postgraduate Certificate in Research on the basis of advanced standing their principal supervisor will provide a limited level of advice on proposal development and the candidate will be expected to submit a proposal directly to the Research Degrees Committee within six months, in order to be formally enrolled and registered as an MPhil/PhD student.

MPhil registration:
Once a candidate is enrolled and registered as an MPhil student they are entitled to receive supervision and to use all the University's usual facilities for study in order to develop their work.  The student will receive a copy of the Research Student Handbook, which provides more detailed information about studying for a research degree at University of West London. At this stage the student will begin exploring their chosen area of research, probably by undertaking a detailed literature review.

Please note:
The ideal method of completing an MPhil is to be a full-time student at all stages. However, for a variety of reasons this may not be possible. It is also possible to mix full and part-time status during the course.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a good first degree (First Class or 2.1), or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, plus MA/MSc qualifications, or relevant postgraduate or research experience. Candidates with other qualifications are required to discuss their eligibility with a member of staff.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7 or above. Contact our International Office to find out what international qualifications you need to get onto a course


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
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A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

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