The 21-month MPhil programme operates alongside the MSt programme and is also organised into strands. It contains five elements:
 Core Course, taught mainly in Michaelmas Term of the first year, as above.
 Option Course, taught in Hilary Term of the first year, as above.
 Writing History: a weekly class in Trinity Term of the first year, focusing on the challenges faced by historians regarding the framing, structuring and presentation of their work. This is examined by an assessed essay of 4-5000 words, submitted shortly after the end of term. Also in this term, students will submit, for assessment, a longer dissertation proposal of 2000-2500 words.
 Historical Concepts, Methods and Controversies: a student-led weekly class in Hilary Term of the second-year, looking at historical concepts, methods and controversies in relation to academic research and writing. Each week a student will identify a conceptual or methodological topic relating to his/her own research, with some appropriate readings for everyone, including the tutor, to complete; s/he will make a presentation and lead the discussion. The aim of this class is thus to create a rolling research workshop in which some of the intellectual challenges of dissertation-writing can be explored with the rest of the peer-group. It is assessed by a 5-7000-word essay, submitted at the beginning of the following Trinity Term.
 Dissertation. A 30,000-word dissertation, submitted towards the end of Trinity Term of the second year.