Difference between PhD AND MPhil

Jul 24, 2012 No Comments by



MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) are the highest possible academic accreditation with primary focus on research work. However, there are a couple of differences in the structure of the program and candidates can either pick the program tailored according to their suitability.




The research work within PhD emphasizes more upon originality of the approved topic. It stresses upon being innovative and creative. With it, the length of the thesis (a long written study for PhD program) to be submitted for approval is 40,000 to 80,000 words depending on the subject area.

The duration of the program is usually 3 year’s full time or 4-5 years, if doing on the part time basis.

Within the MPhil, more emphasize is laid upon exhibiting understanding of the research methods, interpretation and extension of the knowledge in the chosen discipline, and contribute new findings in the dissertation (a long written study submitted in MPhil). Here the demand for originality is comparatively lesser than in PhD program.

The research work in the form dissertation should be between 20,000 to 40,000 words. The duration of the program is 2 years in full time mode and 3 years in part time mode.


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