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MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology)

MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology)

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Full time | University of Cambridge | 1 year | 01-OCT-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

01-OCT-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Psychology Specialisations Biology (General)

Course type

Research

Course Summary

The MPhil is one year of full-time research with an individual supervisor followed by an examination of a research thesis in an oral examination.

The MPhil is most commonly taken as a stand-alone research degree by candidates with only one year of funding. If this course is taken as part of a route to the PhD a further three years of study and funding are required as well as satisfactory performance in the MPhil. The PhD project may draw on the topic of the MPhil, but the same work cannot be presented for both degrees.

Individual members of staff will be pleased to answer informal enquiries about specific research areas. If you are certain of your field of interest, you are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor at an early stage to see whether your research interests can be accommodated. We have recently introduced a systematic training programme for research students, giving instruction in research methods, data analysis and presentational skills.

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and
to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Modules

The examination for the degree of Master of Philosophy consists of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices. The assessment also includes an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,111

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

33,972

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. Candidates who wish to become graduate students in the Department should have a degree in psychology, neuroscience or in another related subject (for example, physiology, sociology, linguistics, computer science, or engineering), which with the graduate education provision provided will provide sufficient background for research in specialised areas of psychology (eg social, cognitive, or developmental psychology, or cognitive or behavioural neuroscience).