What is MPhil?
MPhil, or Master of Philosophy, is a one-year research degree course. It serves as a gateway to a PhD program. Unlike a PhD, an MPhil research degree does not require the submission of a synopsis or summary of the dissertation. The final draft of the research and analysis conducted by the student is referred to as a ‘dissertation’ in the context of an MPhil. Students must pass two subjects, ‘research methodology’ and ‘tools of research,’ before submitting their dissertation. The minimum qualification required to apply for a lecturer position in a college is typically an MPhil, although some universities may require a PhD.
What is PhD?
PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, is a comprehensive research degree that can be completed in two different streams: part-time and full-time. A part-time research program can take up to six years, while a full-time research program can take up to three years. PhD students must submit a synopsis or summary of their main thesis at least six months before submitting the thesis itself. The final draft of a student’s research findings is referred to as a ‘thesis’ in the context of a PhD. It is possible for a candidate to register directly for a PhD research degree after completing a postgraduate course without obtaining an MPhil degree first. In this case, a student does not need to pass ‘research methodology’ and ‘tools of research’ before submitting their thesis for a PhD.
- MPhil is a one-year research degree course, while a PhD can take up to six years for part-time research and up to three years for full-time research.
- A synopsis or summary of the thesis is not required for an MPhil, but it is required for a PhD at least six months before submitting the thesis.
- The final draft of research findings is called a ‘dissertation’ in the case of an MPhil and a ‘thesis’ in the case of a PhD.