MA Liberal Arts

  • Full time – 1 year
  • Part time – 2 years
  • No taught modules
  • One-to-one teaching with a tutor
  • Essay titles negotiated individually
  • Essays 4 x 5,000 words
  • Dissertation of 20,000 words


MPhil and PhD

  • postgraduate degrees can be taken full time or part time.
  • MPhil and PhD are two separate, distinct awards, with the MPhil differing from the PhD in terms of the scope of study required, and the extent of the original personal contribution to knowledge.
  • Research is to be understood as original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding.


Current university regulations:

  • MPhil – maximum 50,000 words
  • PhD – maximum 100,000 words.   (Word totals are discussed at interview)


Time Limits

Full time

Award               Minimum                       Maximum

MPhil                1 year                             4 years

MPhil/PhD        2 years                           4 years


Part time

Award               Minimum                       Maximum

MPhil                2 years                           7 years

MPhil/PhD        3 years                           7 years


Research Training Programme

Winchester runs an accredited Research Training Programme for both full time and part time students.  Students may be exempted from all or part of the generic training by making an AP(E)L application, or in exceptional circumstances may apply to undertake a similar course at another institution. Full details of the Research Training Programme are provided at Induction