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MPhil overview

If you have any questions please get in touch with Katy Williams, Graduate Studies Coordinator: For any general questions, pop in to the Faculty Office and speak to Karen or Sophia, or email We’ll be in touch regularly with details of forthcoming events and external funding opportunities that might arise during the year. Along with Gill, they can also help if you are considering arranging, travelling to, or promoting any events.

We look forward to seeing you on weekdays at 11am for Faculty coffee.

MPhil Handbook 2016/2017

Please see the 2016/2017 handbook.

MPhil marking scheme

The MPhil degree has a new marking scheme which came into effect from 1 October 2010.  The mark ranges are as follows:

  • Distinction - 100-75 
  • Pass - 74-60
  • Fail - 59-0

The MPhil degree is split into two parts, each accounting for 50 per cent of the final mark:

  • three pieces of work (Essays, Exercises and Language Papers, in various possible combinations), and
  • a thesis.

Both parts must be passed for the Degree to be awarded, except that a marginal fail in Part (i) may be compensated by a high mark in the thesis.  In order to awarded a distinction the candidate must achieve a mark of 75 or above for their thesis and achieve a distinction in Part (i).

Download the MPhil assessment criteria, marking and classing document.

Language learning for graduate students

There are many language learning opportunities for graduate students provided by the University's Language Centre.

Training for supervisors

The Faculty places great value on the training and formation of future tertiary-level teachers. We run a series of seminars, taught by senior members of the Faculty, which are designed to equip graduate students in a variety of teaching skills, including supervising and lecturing.

All graduate students who wish to be added to the Faculty’s lists of approved supervisors must attend the seminar on supervising and the University PPD section’s supervision training workshop. Graduate students will also be given the opportunity to present an undergraduate-level lecture and receive peer feedback on it.

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