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MPhil – Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

You can study a Master of Philosophy in a variety of areas such as healthcare, midwifery, nursing, leadership or dementia, as well as radiography and medical imaging, nutrition, exercise, the social sciences, humanisation and social work.

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be a precursor to a PhD, giving you two years to delve into a subject that you are passionate about. Our staff within the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences have varied interests and specialisms, providing you with an opportunity to work with an expert in a field of research interest.

We collaborate with colleagues from other faculties to draw on their expertise when needed and we work closely with BU's research institutes and centres, such as the Ageing & Dementia Research Centre, the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health, the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work, the Nursing for Long Term Health Research Centre and the Institute of Medical Imaging & Visualisation among others. We strongly encourage collaboration across specialisms, and a PhD provides an opportunity to work with supervisors from various backgrounds to deliver truly impactful research.

You will also be part of BU’s research community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through the Doctoral College and your academic faculty. 

Book onto a Postgraduate Open Day to meet us and find out more. 

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2021, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

18-36 months full-time or 36-72 months part-time

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree. If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

You can be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) after critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic and demonstrating an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You’ll be expected to present and defend a thesis and/or practical element, by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners. You can register to study for an MPhil on a full-time or part-time basis.

The subject areas you can apply to study for your MPhil with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences are listed in the section below. 

Research study areas

We are involved in world-leading research projects and work to ensure that our research involves patients, practitioners and research users, so that we are responding to issues at the forefront of health and social care practice, as well as current topics in social science. Our research transforms lives and influences policy and professional practice at a local, national and international level.

Key subject areas you can apply to study for your PhD with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences are listed in this section. Our research themes run across all areas and some, such as leadership and humanisation are cross-faculty across the University. 

The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences world of research

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a MPhil with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences by clicking on the green 'apply now' button at the top of this page and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full - including a personal statement and research proposal. You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application. 

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green. 

Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

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Fees and funding

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies.

The Doctoral College can provide advice on different opportunities to access funding. BU also offers a number of fee discounts

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