The main aim of the programme is to enable engineers, scientists and management practitioners to demonstrate their ability to transfer advanced knowledge into industry.
The secondary aims include:
* to demonstrate an ability to communicate at all levels within an industrial environment
* to demonstrate an understanding of the practical constraints of transferring knowledge
* to demonstrate an ability to justify the introduction of new knowledge
* to demonstrate an ability to manage projects
* to acquire appropriate new technological/scientific/managerial skills to support the knowledge transfer process.
The programme is made up of a taught element and a thesis. In the taught component students will normally be expected to complete 2 units successfully. The units that will be available for study will be those currently offered by the Department within the final stages of its Masters programmes.
It will also be possible to study appropriate units offered by Departments other than the one in which the student is registered, subject to their permission and subject to the Board of Studies agreeing to the candidates proposed scheme of work. Units studied external to the University may also be counted provided they are approved as being equivalent by the Board of Studies. In addition to the two taught units, students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate understanding of the factors involved in transferring knowledge.
The thesis component will be the result of a 24-month knowledge transfer programme. This may consist of one major project or several linked projects all aimed at transferring new knowledge into business and industry to meet specified objectives.
The award of MPhil will be made on a pass/fail basis and will not be graded. Units of the taught component will be assessed by coursework and/or examination. A candidate who achieves an overall unit mark of 40% or above will be considered to have passed the unit. Each thesis will be assessed on an individual basis by an internal examiner and an external examiner appointed by the Board of Studies.
The assessment procedure and possible outcomes will follow the MPhil model. An interim project report will be submitted by the candidate after approximately 12 months. This will be used to monitor progress and form the basis of feedback to the candidate. Where the quality of the work is appropriate it will be possible to extend the project to PhD level.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.