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The deadline for complete applications for September 2014 entry: 27 June 2014. Early application is advisable.

Advice to applicants

  • Two academic references on official headed paper
  • A research proposal. It should be 2,500 words (+/- 10%) long and include the following sections:
  1. Title
  2. Background (previous research in the area and own interest in the topic)
  3. Research problem and study aims/research questions
  4. Relevance of the proposed study to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work's research priorities and strengths (see our research website )
  5. Proposed study design, with justification for choice
  6. Overview of proposed data collection methods and analysis techniques, with justification for choice
  7. Unique contribution of the study to knowledge (what new knowledge might your study provide)
  8. Brief consideration of practical and ethical issues
  9. References (these are not included in the word limit)
  • A document (approx. 1000 words) providing details on:
  1. What has been your career development to date and why do you wish to apply for MPhil study?
  2. What has been your research experience (emphasis on best project)?
  3. What are your research interests (area and methods)?
  4. Other supporting information: recent publications if any (indicate best publication), other research training and experience
  • Evidence of assurances about study leave where appropriate
  • Formal confirmation of funding status, eg a letter from your sponsor or documentary evidence of your ability to meet all fees and living costs
  • A current CV

Candidates may be required to attend an interview.

We are not able to process applications until we receive the required documentation.

The deadline for complete applications for September 2014 entry: 27 June 2014. Early application is advisable.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.