Admission to the MPhil Degree is generally limited to persons holding the equivalent of a 4-year degree in a non-law discipline. Students typically commence their degree in February of each year. In order to graduate with a M Phil degree students must select and complete four courses and submit a dissertation of up to 25 000 words on a topic of their choice. Full-time students are expected to complete the requirements within one academic year and part-time students are expected to complete the requirements within two years, save that the dissertation component may be submitted by not later than: the Friday before the first term starts the year following the completion of the coursework for students who have completed their coursework in December; and 15 September of the same year for students who have completed their coursework in June.
Students who register for a general M Phil are free to choose from the numerous courses on offer. However, students wishing to a take one of the specialist M Phil Programmes will need to ensure that they take the courses prescribed by that specialisation which is outlined in the Law Faculty Handbook