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Course Overview

As a London Metropolitan University research student you are provided with research training and have access to any Masters level module that will be helpful to you.

Your progress is closely supported by your supervisors, faculty, and the team in the Research and Postgraduate Office. You will be encouraged and supported to attend conferences, write papers, and publish while pursuing your research. The University has strong links with industry, business, the legal profession, and governmental and non-governmental organisations that will facilitate your research and future career.

Research students are an important part of the academic community at London Metropolitan University and included in all conferences, lecture series and research seminar series.

The University has a large number of research institutes and centres, and many (although not all) of our research students are associated to one of these. They include: The John Grieve Centre for Policing; The Institute for Policy Studies in Education; The Human Rights and Social Justice Institute; The Child andWoman Abuse Studies Unit; The Institute for Advanced Studies in Business, Management and Law; The Global Policy Institute; The Cellular and Molecular Immunology Research Centre; and The Centre for Communications Technology. Within Art and Architecture there are a number of research focuses that research students are associated with, including critical curation, critical materiality, music technology, cities, and rapid change and scarce resources.

Course Structure

British Institute of Technology, England in partnership with London Metropolitan University, The Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing; and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Each PhD project is unique, and yours will be fine-tuned in consultation with the lead supervisor dedicated to your research.

Recent research areas include:
– Occupational stress in Malta
– Counter-terrorism in the UK
– The Left in West Germany
– The experiences of counselling trainees
– Childhood malnutrition in Khartoum
– Depression among Black and ethnic minority women
– Smartphones and machine learning
– Managers and self-directed learning
– Leadership development in the hotel industry

This is in addition to many others across all faculties and disciplines.

MPhil and PhD study is self-directed. Students are allocated a supervisory team composed of a director of studies and a lead supervisor. These are allocated on the basis of the candidate’s application, research topic and interview.


The degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are awarded by the University after the successful presentation of a thesis based on an original piece of research completed under the supervision of University staff.

To obtain a PhD the candidate is expected to investigate a topic and make an original contribution to knowledge. Research at MPhil level should represent an extension of existing knowledge, although the demands of originality and sustained enquiry are less than those for a PhD.

How to Apply

To apply for the research degree pleases the following documents to:
– Application form (complete and send to
– Research proposal
– Fees
– Two references – please send the reference form to your two referees and ask them to email the reference to

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement for enrolment for a research degree is a good honours degree or equivalent.

Increasingly, applicants tend to have obtained a Masters degree before entry. Candidates with other qualifications are considered on their merits. The University is sympathetic to mature applicants whose experience of research might be judged to compensate for a lack of formal qualifications at the required level.

English Language Requirements
In addition to academic requirements, we normally expect applicants whose first language is not English to have an IELTS 6.5, or equivalent English language qualification recognised by the University.

Career Opportunities

Many people with an MPhil or PhD become expert advisors to multi-national organisations, or work with government departments, lecturers or researchers, but these are by no means the only destinations.

Depending on your discipline, you may go into industry (this is frequently the case for graduates in biological or computer science), the City (business and law graduates), public sector management and/or policy-making (social science and business graduates), international governmental organisations (social science and business graduates) or non-governmental organisations.

Many of our graduates are mid-career and use their degree for career enhancement in (for example) the police or security services, education, counselling, or diplomacy.