Criteria for the award of an MPhil qualification

The following list of criteria for the award of an MPhil has been drawn up in consultation with Faculty PGR Leads and approved by the University PGR Committee on 27 May 2016.

A thesis for the award of an MPhil degree shall be examined in accordance with the criteria prescribed by the University of Sheffield and the thesis shall demonstrate that it:

  • is genuinely the work of the candidate;
  • consists of the candidate’s own account of their investigations and indicates in what respects they appear to them to advance the study of the subject;
  • represents a contribution to the subject, either through a record of the candidate’s original work or a critical and ordered exposition of existing knowledge;
  • takes due account of previously published work on the subject;
  • makes clear the sources from which information has been derived, the extent to which the work of others has been used, and the areas which are claimed as original;
  • is an integrated whole and presents a coherent argument;
  • is satisfactory as regards literary presentation;
  • has a full bibliography and reference;
  • represents what might reasonably be expected after two years or at most three years of study, or the part-time equivalent;
  • shall not exceed 60,000* words (inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography, the word limit not applying to editions of a text or texts), unless the thesis has previously been submitted and examined for a PhD and judged to be MPhil standard.

*Faculty guidance on word limits for the degree of MPhil is 40,000 words