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The MPhil and MRes degree may be examined by thesis only or by a combination of thesis, exams, coursework, projects, reports, seminars and essays.

What is required?

Your thesis must be a connected account of work, and must comply with the General and Special Regulations for the particular MPhil/MRes programme.

Word limits and more specific information about the requirements for the MPhil/MRes is available in the General and Special Regulations for each degree, listed under the specific MPhil/MRes programme:

Statutes and Ordinances: Chapter VII: Degrees, Diplomas, and other Qualifications

You can also find more information on the Word Limits and Stylistic Conventions page.

How do I present my thesis?

You must submit two typed copies of the thesis in durable binding with your name clearly marked on the front cover.

You are advised to carefully check your thesis for typing errors, spelling mistakes and poor grammar or written expression. The thesis, apart from quotations and recognised technical formulae, must be written in English.

Secured inside the thesis there must be:

  • a title page containing:
    • the thesis title
    • your name as it appears on your passport 
    • your College
    • the Date (optional)
    • and a Declaration stating: This dissertation is submitted for the degree of Master of Philosophy.
  • a declaration page in the Preface stating: This dissertation is the result of my own work and includes nothing which is the outcome of work done in collaboration except where specifically indicated in the text.
  • Where appropriate, a Statement of Length stating that the thesis does not exceed the word limit for the respective Degree Committee.

Unconnected or unrelated work which has previously been published can be submitted along with the thesis - and may be considered by the examiners at their discretion.

When do I need to submit by?

You will be have a date and time by which your thesis must be submitted to your Degree Committee - see Dissertation Submission Arrangements for Easter Term 2015 for more information. 

When will I find out my results?

Results are usually posted after your Degree Committee has met and this can vary widely - see Approximate Dates of MPhil results, 2015 for more information.  Note that this is only a guide, and you should contact your Degree Committee for further information.