To be eligible for consideration to undertake a programme of study for a Master's Degree by Research, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours in an approved primary degree or equivalent.
All applications for admission to a programme of study and research for the Degree of Master will be considered by College of Arts, following recommendation of the School, after consultation with School Graduate Studies Committee.
The normal number of terms for a full–time student is six terms (two years full-time research). Extensions shall be given only in exceptional circumstances. Students taking the degree of MPhil must complete a thesis of c. 40,000 words on an approved topic, which will be assessed by Internal and External Examiners.
A number of modules for postgraduate training are available for students taking Doctoral or Master's Degrees by Research (MPhil) at University College Cork. These degrees allow students to take modules for credit, which will be recorded on a student's academic transcript. Postgraduate training modules taken will not contribute to the final degree award, which will be based solely on the thesis. Students who wish to register for these modules should contact the relevant module coordinator for details. All modules will be taught over the academic year. Module descriptions, including details of module coordinators, are contained in the Book of Modules, under Postgraduate Training Modules.
An MPhil candidate may be transferred to a PhD not less than two terms after registration and on the recommendation of their Supervisor, The School Graduate Studies Committee, and Head of School (see notes on PhD).
Guidelines regarding the MPhil are also available at