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Registration requirements

Applicants must hold the equivalent of an upper second-class degree or better to pursue a MPhil or MPhil/PhD. Applicants already holding a relevant postgraduate masters degree or higher, e.g. by graduating from our MSc course, or who have some relevant subject-specific experience may pursue the PhD route.

Minimum Registration Periods

MPhil: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time 
MPhil/PhD: 3 years full-time, 4 years part-time 
PhD: 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time


Each student will have a First Supervisor (normally a senior researcher in the IESD) and up to three Second Supervisors selected from within the University or elsewhere (such as a part-time student's place of work). Additionally, expert advisors are nominated to provide support in niche topics pertinent to the research. One member of this supervision team acts as the Mentor, providing day-to-day guidance. Formal meetings are convened at least monthly (full-time) or bi-monthly (part-time). Students pursuing research degrees outside the UK are normally expected to work closely with their supervisors for a minimum of 6 weeks each year.

Students are expected to work in a self-directed manner, so the supervision team guides rather than drives the research. Students formulate their own aims and objectives and are expected to publish intermediate findings in journals or at conferences.


Examination for MPhil and PhD degrees is by a thesis in English plus a viva. Equivalent alternatives to the thesis can be negotiated.


If you would like further information about opportunities for studying for an MPhil or PhD, please contact:

Ms Clare Perry
Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
Queens Building
De Montfort University
The Gateway
United Kingdom

tel: +44 (0)116 257 7979
fax: +44 (0)116 257 7977

email tel +44 (0)116 257 7979 or 7962 fax +44 (0)116 257 7977
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