Difference Between MPhil and PhD

MPhil vs PhD

MPhil and PhD are two degrees that show some differences between them. First of all both of them are research degrees. Although they are research degrees they are characterized by some differences between them.

MPhil is a research degree otherwise called Master of Philosophy. It is a one-year research degree course. It is a kind of gateway research course to PhD. On the other hand PhD is a full-fledged research degree.

Ph.D can be completed in two streams, namely part-time stream and full-time stream. Part-time stream of research can be done for up to six years whereas full-time stream of research can be dome up to three years.

One of the main differences between MPhil and PhD is that you need to submit a synopsis or a gist of the main thesis at least six months prior to the submission of the thesis in the case of PhD. On the other hand MPhil research degree does not warranty the submission of any synopsis of gist of the dissertation.

Another important difference between MPhil and PhD is that the final draft of your research findings is called by the name ‘thesis’ in the case of PhD. On the other hand the final draft of the research and analysis done by you is called by the name ‘dissertation’ in the case of MPhil.

Both MPhil and PhD are characterized by yet another difference. You are expected to complete an analysis of your study in the case of MPhil whereas you are expected to complete and submit the findings of your research in the case of PhD.

It is interesting to note that the minimum qualification required to apply for the job of a lecturer in a college is MPhil. Some of the universities prescribe PhD as the minimum qualification required to apply for the post of a lecturer.

It is important to know that after the completion of a post graduation course from a college or a university a candidate can register directly for PhD research degree without completing MPhil degree. In other words it can be said that MPhil degree is not a must when it comes to registering for PhD degree.

You will have to pass two subjects called ‘research methodology’ and ‘tools of research’ before submitting the dissertation in the case of MPhil. You need not pass these two papers before submitting the thesis in the case of PhD. You will have to pass these two papers in case you register directly for PhD. You have to note that the two papers, namely ‘research methodology’ and ‘tools of research’ are common for all the research candidates irrespective of the topics they chose for research separately.