What is an MPhil? Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The MPhil is a programme of independent, self-directed research reviewing or surveying and collating and evaluating existing knowledge in an approved topic and presenting the findings in a thesis for examination including a viva. Like the PhD, the MPhil develops your research and generic skills and is pursued under the guidance of a team of expert supervisors. It differs from the PhD in that it is a smaller scale of work, conducted over a shorter period of time and does not create new knowledge in the field. The MPhil can be taken as a separate, target award, but most commonly forms the initial stage of study within a linked MPhil/PhD programme, where the registration is upgraded to PhD once it is established that the work has the potential for an original contribution to knowledge.

Attendance ModeNumber of hours per weekMaximum length of programmeStart dates
Full timeAt least 35 hours a weekYour programme of research should be completed within 36 monthsSeptember  January
Part time (Home students only)At least 15 hours a weekYour programme of research should be completed within 60 monthsSeptember  January

What is a PhD?Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research, supported by a team of supervisors, that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a thesis. The PhD programme also supports the development of research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher in any setting.

Attendance ModeNumber of hours per weekMaximum length of programmeStart dates
Full timeAt least 35 hours a weekFour yearsSeptember  January
Part time(Home students only)At least 15 hours a weekEight yearsSeptember  January
PhD by Published WorkBy arrangement with the supervisory teamTwo YearsSeptember  January
Distance learning:
at least 15 hours per week
at least 36 hours per week
Eight years
Four years
September and January

DProf studyProfessional Doctorate (DProf)

Professional Doctorate programmes allow professionals to undertake a programme of research contributing to the advancement of professional practice. They are part-time programmes which enable candidates to undertake a practice-based project in their area of professional practice. They typically comprise taught elements in preparation for the identification and execution of a major independent project of research and seek to develop and deepen the candidate’s professional practice and to make an original contribution to practice.
We currently offer Professional Doctorates in the following area:
Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences


All applications are assessed on an individual basis and in some cases the University may require you to meet higher entry requirements than the minimums outlined below.

MPhil/PhD applicants should normally have:

  • A minimum classification of 2.1 in their first degree or equivalent

  • And preferably a Masters degree (or Masters degree pending)

  • Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as:

English language testMinimum entry requirement
IELTS6.5 (overall band score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements)

All applications are assessed on an individual basis and in some cases the University may require you to meet higher entry requirements than the minimums outlined above say like IELTS 7.0.

何时申请及如何申请:MPhil和PhD课程每年1月和9月均有开课,申请人可以在每年的任何时间申请,但是强烈建议在确认有位置后再进行正式的申请,并且下面表格中申请截止日期为建议的最晚申请日期。并且我们不接受纸质的申请,所有申请均需要通过UKPass系统在线提交,在英文官网的Research Areas链接确认所申请的专业课程后直接点击在线申请即可。https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/research-areas

When to apply 何时申请

  • You may apply at any time of the year.

  • You may start your Research Degree in either January or September.

  • You are encouraged to contact us to discuss the availability of supervision, before you make a formal application as this can lead to a quicker decision.

  • The assessment of your suitability and the availability of supervision can take some time, typically between two and three months from submission of your application.

  • We encourage you to observe the ‘apply by’ dates in the table below. These are the latest dates by which we can guarantee you will have enough time to complete all the pre arrival stages in time for your preferred start date.

  • If you are an overseas applicant, we advise you to apply well in advance of your preferred start date as the Tier 4 Student Visa application process can be very lengthy.

  • If you do miss the relevant ‘apply by’ date we will do our best to process your application in time, but you may have to consider a later starting date.

The recommended ‘apply by’ dates to ensure you to meet your preferred start date are listed in the table below.

Your preferred start dateRecommended ‘apply by’ date if you are an Overseas applicant requiring a Tier 4 Student VisaRecommended ‘apply by’ date if you are a Home applicant
January 201631 August 201530 September 2015
September 20161 April 20163 June 2016

How to apply 如何申请

We use the national online applications system, UKPASS for all research degree applications.  To make your application for an MPhil/PhD please work through the following steps:
1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
2. Check that the Faculty can provide supervision in your research area. If you have not done so yet, please review the research areas. You will be asked to confirm this in your UKPASS application form.
3. Consider your funding options – are there any Studentship or Scholarships available to you or will you have to be applying as a self-funded student?
4. What documents you will be required to upload with your UKPASS application:
a) Research proposal of between 2,000 and 3,500 words (four to seven pages) in length. We recommend that you follow our guidance on writing a research proposal. Please note we will not be able to consider your application if you do not include your research proposal.
b) Scanned copies of all your relevant qualification certificates and transcripts (if your award is pending, please upload the transcript of the modules already undertaken).
c) If your secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English, you should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, for example IELTS or TOEFL certificates.
d) 2 academic references. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees and arrange for a reference letter to be provided, whether by upload to UKPASS, emailed to researchapplications@westminster.ac.uk or posted to:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
University of Westminster
Cavendish House
101 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6XH


Fees for 2016/17   2016/17学年学费

 Home (UK and EU) per annumOverseas per annum
Full-time (all programmes except Law)£5,000£12,750
Full-time (Law)£4,075£12,750
Part-time£2,500Not applicable
PhD by Published Work£2,500£6,250
Professional Doctorate£3,000£6,000
Distance Learning full-time
only available to non-UK domicile
Distance Learning part-time
only available to non-UK domicile
*All fees are expected to increase annually by 3 per cent to 5 per cent.

Bench fees 板凳费

If you are applying to the Faculty of Science and Technology you may be required to pay bench fees in addition to the fees outlined above. Bench fees can vary from £1,000 to £10,000 and you will be informed of any bench fees you will be required to pay at the time of offer.

Funding 资金

Before applying, you should consider carefully how you will finance your studies for the duration of your programme, including fees and living costs.
Some University funding may be available from time to time in the form of studentships and you will need to apply on a competitive basis for these when they are advertised. If funding is available it is usually for September entry only. For further information please visit our University funded studentships pages

Current studentships 目前的助学金

Studentship titleOpen toDeadline
Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies Research StudentshipHome or Overseas5pm 31 March 2016
Politics and International Relations Research StudentshipHome or Overseas5pm 15 April 2016

Scholarships 奖学金

We also offer PhD Cavendish research scholarships for international students in the School of Electronics and Computer Science and the School of Life Sciences

Living costs 伦敦的生活费用

If you have not lived in the UK before, you can find details on the cost of living in London here.

Alumni Discount 校友折扣

If you are an alumnus of the University of Westminster you may be eligible for an Alumni Discount.

研究领域:申请MPhil/PhD的课程首要的一步就是找到最感兴趣并适合研究领域, 以下可以是威斯敏斯特大学的各个学院不同的研究领域,无论选择哪个领域的研究,最重要的还需要撰写2000-3500字(大约4-7页)的Research Proposal,关于如何写Research Proposal我们有以下提示和要求

How long should my research proposal be?
It should be 2000-3500 words (4-7 pages) long.
What should be included in my research proposal?
Your proposal should include the following:
1. Title
• Your title should give a clear indication of your proposed research approach or key question
2. Background and rationale
You should include:
• the background and issues of your proposed research
• identify your discipline
• a short literature review
• a summary of key debates and developments in the field
3. Research question(s)
You should formulate these clearly, giving an explanation as to what problems and issues are to be explored and why they are worth exploring
Research methodology
You should provide an outline of:
• the theoretical resources to be drawn on
• the research approach (theoretical framework)
• the research methods appropriate for the proposed research
• a discussion of advantages as well as limits of particular approaches and methods
5. Plan of work & time schedule
You should include an outline of the various stages and corresponding time lines for developing and implementing the research, including writing up your thesis.
For full-time study your research should be completed within three years, with writing up completed in the fourth year of registration.
For part-time study your research should be completed within six years, with writing up completed by the eighth year.
6. Bibliography
You should include:
• a list of references to key articles and texts discussed within your research proposal
• a selection of sources appropriate to the proposed research

Architecture and the Built Environment 建筑与环境建设方向

We are involved in a wide variety of research activities relating to all aspects of architecture and the built environment. We undertake research projects commissioned by the central and local government, government agencies, the private sector and charitable bodies, as well as overseas agencies.
Much of our engagement in research was rated of international standard in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.  We have a wide range of interests: from architecture and globalisation, to the Olympics and city tourism, to city management, transport and sustainability.

Our research areas

Research in the Faculty is represented by five subject areas:
• Architecture
• Property and Construction
• Tourism
• Transport
• Urban Studies
There are also four research clusters which promote inter-disciplinary research:
• Global Identities
• London
• Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE)
• Environmental sustainability (with the Policy Studies Institute)

Business  商科方向

The Westminster Business School research degree programmes are primarily designed for students pursuing research questions in areas where we have already established a reputation for excellent internationally recognised research.
Below you will find our research centres, research groups and departments. For each, a list of our most common research topics is provided that will help you focus your application. If a particular research topic is not mentioned, or you can't find a related topic, then we still encourage you apply as not all staff and research themes can be listed below. However, there may be situations where we will not be able to supervise proposed research due to capacity constraints.

Find out more about our research

• Our research profile
• Research Centres
• Research Groups
• Departments

Electronics and Computer Science 电子与计算机科学方向

If you would like to undertake PhD study in the area of Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering, Intelligent Systems, Operational Research, Parallel and Distributed Computing, System Engineering or Semantic Computing then the Faculty of Science and Technology is the place to apply to.
We offer a friendly and vibrant research environment that will inspire you and help realise your research potential. You can choose to apply for a research area below.

Research areas

• Electronic and Communication Engineering
• Operational Research and Intelligent Systems
• Parallel and Distributed Computing
• Semantic Computing and Systems Engineering

Law 法学方向

IWestminster Law School’s PhD programme is set within a vibrant and supportive research environment, in the heart of Central London. Westminster Law School has an outstanding reputation as a pioneer in Socio-Legal research, the Legal Profession and Legal Education, and Entertainment Law, and is particularly well-known for its cutting-edge research in Legal Theory, International Law, Criminal Justice, and European Union Law.
The Law School, which currently has 40 doctoral students, is well placed within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities to provide doctoral students with opportunities to network and develop an interdisciplinary approach to research. Both the School and the Faculty provide a range of attractive activities for doctoral students to participate in, including research seminars, conferences, a nationally recognized training programme aimed at developing world-class researchers, a research retreat to a Cumberland Lodge, and excellent teaching opportunities.
The Westminster Law School building has been given a multi-million pound redevelopment to further enhance the quality of study and social space, with dedicated office space for doctoral students.

Research areas

• Centre on the Legal Profession
• International Law at Westminster
• Law, Gender and Sexuality
• Law, Society and Popular Culture
• Westminster Law and Theory Lab

Life Sciences 生命科学方向

Our research areas

We welcome applications within the areas covered by our seven research groups
• Against Breast Cancer
• Applied Biotechnology
• Cell Communication
• Diagnostics, Assessment and Intervention
• Perspectives in Health
• Psychology
• Water Science
Within these areas we have identified research priorities in line with national and international agendas,  including:
• Climate change
• Food security
• Ageing population
• Life-long health and wellbeing
• Bioenergy
• Tools & Technologies
• East Medicine
• Informing policy & practice
Our research covers wide ranging activities incorporating microbial molecular biology and genetics, microbial physiology, fermentation technology and bioreactor design, biofuels and biorefinery, ecotoxicity. biopolymers, enzyme research, cancer research, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, antibody phage display, cell communication and signalling, quorum sensing, elicitation, osteoarthritis, Osteosarcoma, cancer cell motility and invasion, Alzheimer, Chinese medicine, bioelectrochemical process for environment, masculinity, and food.

Media, Arts and Design 传媒,艺术与设计方向

For research, Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design is one of the most successful and highly rated faculties in the UK.
In the most recent national research assessment exercise, REF2014, we achieved a comprehensively excellent set of results, with 80% or more of all our research outputs, impact and environment being rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
CREAM achieved the highest ranking of any institution for a broad range of art and design research, with 45% of its research judged to be ‘world leading’ and 63% of this work deemed to be ‘world leading’ in its impact.
CAMRI was ranked joint fourth for media and communications research in the UK, with 52% of its research classed as ‘world leading’ and an extraordinary 87% of this work judged as having 'world leading' impact.

Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)

30 researchers and 65 doctoral students
CAMRI is noted for its strong international dimension and its focus on critical media research, with interests in the study of digital and social media, the political economy of communications, global and transnational media, media policy studies, media and activism, and media history. The Centre for Social Media Research is a leading centre for the study of the Internet and digital and social media on society. The Africa Media Centre, Arab Media Centre, China Media Centre and India Media Centre provide a focus for high quality research, policy analysis and industry training in the realm of global and transnational media studies.

Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM)

CREAM is home to a range of research centres and projects including:
• Africa Media Centre
• Ambika P3
• Ceramic Research Centre
• Documentary and Experimental Film Centre (DocWest)
• India Media Centre
• Screenplays

Social Sciences and Humanities 社会科学与人文方向

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) based in the historic Regent Street building offers a vibrant, multi-disciplinary research environment, at the centre of which are several innovative, high-quality research groups and programmes. These include Asian Studies, English, Environmental Studies, French, History, Linguistics, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Visual Culture, and Work and Social Policy. The Faculty also hosts a well-established MPhil/PhD programme with currently around 60 doctoral students enrolled.

Research areas

• English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
• Modern Languages and Cultures
• Politics and International Relations
• History, Sociology and Criminology
• Sociology, Criminology and Social Justice


Application process 申请处理中常见问题

Do you have a form for referees to complete? 是否有推荐人表格需要填写?
No, the University does not use a form; references should address your suitability to research study and any other information that is relevant to your application.
Who should references be written to? 推荐信应该写给谁?
The Research Administrator, Research Office.
What information should my reference include? 推荐信应该包括什么信息?
It should address your suitability to research study and any other information that is relevant to your application. 推荐信应着重陈述你适合进行研究学习的能力和其他相关申请信息。
What should I do if I cannot obtain two academic references?
We will accept references from your employer or someone who can comment on your ability to undertake research study. 我们可以接受申请人雇主或者了解并能够评价你的研究能力的推荐人。
I am having technical difficulties using UKPASS, what should I do? 如果使用UKPASS系统出现困难,应该怎么做?
If you have any technical difficulties using UKPASS and you need any help, please call the UKPASS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0)871 334 4447, open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6pm (UK time). Alternatively, please email enquiries@ukpass.ac.uk for an automated response with general information and guidance on UKPASS procedures.
可以拨打UKPASS的客服电话+44 (0)871 334 4447 (英国时间周一至周五8:30am-6pm),或者邮件联系enquiries@ukpass.ac.uk
Do you have a paper application form? 你们是否接受纸质申请?
No, all applications for Research Degrees are made online using UKPASS.