The MPhils in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management; Environmental Change and Management; Nature, Society and Environmental Governance; and Water Science, Policy and Management are two-year courses designed for high-flying master's candidates who wish to include a substantial research component in their masters level studies. In the first year, candidates take the coursework associated with the appropriate MSc course. Candidates must pass the examinations taken at the end of the first year in order to proceed into the second year. Candidates who fail any paper will be required to retake and pass the failed paper by the start of their second year in order to proceed with the degree.

The second year includes a third elective, examined through a submitted essay, but is devoted principally to researching and writing a thesis of 30,000 words. The research topic will be devised in the candidate's first year and, once approved, a supervisor will be allocated to the candidate. The thesis accounts for half the marks for the degree.

The residency requirement for this degree is 6 terms (2 years). Periods spent undertaking field work can be counted towards the residency requirement. The maximum fee liability for students registered for any of the MPhil degrees is 6 terms (2 years).

How to apply


To apply to study for the MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, MPhil in Environmental Change and Management, MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance or MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management, please follow our instructions on how to apply.

To make an application please visit the University of Oxford's University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.

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