Course details

CRICOS course code: 096609F

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised graduate research degree that develops your research techniques and critical evaluation skills. You undertake six research training units and conduct independent supervised research within the context of your discipline, developing a sound knowledge of your research subject.

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree which facilitates you in conducting research in your area of expertise and interest. Supported by six research training subjects, you are required to conduct independent research under the supervision of experts in your field. The Master of Philosophy requires the completion of a thesis, or other major project, that demonstrates original thought, and which contributes to existing knowledge. Available in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or online.

Set for success

Our Higher Degree by Research allows you to develop your research skills through six research training units, so you are work-ready in academic and industry contexts. By conducting original research and practising cognitive flexibility, you will craft your professional identity and be able to communicate the impact of your findings to interested stakeholders in real-world applications.

The Master of Philosophy is comprised of independent research under the guidance of experienced supervisors, culminating in the submission of a thesis. You will be required to provide an Expression of Interest and a Research Proposal as part of your initial application.

Six research training units are to be completed for the Master of Philosophy, four to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Research.

RES611 Critical literature Review
RES612 Developing the research proposal
RES613 Research methodology
RES614 Preliminary research thesis
RES615 Writing for research
And a choice of elective in qualitative or quantitative methods

Learning outcomes

Critically reflect, synthesise and evaluate a substantial body of knowledge in the chosen field of study to demonstrate a high level of personal and professional autonomy.
Apply critical thinking, digital literacy and problem-solving skills to search and critically appraise the existing literature in order to develop a framework for your research project.
Apply an advance knowledge of research principles and methods in making a substantial contribution in the context of your discipline.
Ethically plan and execute original research project that demonstrate the capacity to scope, design and conduct research projects independently.
Use appropriate and coherent communication skills to report, present, publish and disseminate research data and findings to peers and the community.
Exhibit professional skills including leadership, reflective practice, ongoing learning and accountability by planning and executing an original research project in the chosen field of study.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
24,045 Per Year
Read more48,090 for the entire course
Expected Sep 2022 2 years
Full time
Flinders Street Campus
196 Flinders Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
24,045 Per Year
Read more48,090 for the entire course
Expected Sep 2022 2 years
Self study / online (with attendance)
Flinders Street Campus
196 Flinders Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Australian bachelor's degree (honours) or equivalent, OR Australian bachelor's degree (with credit average) or equivalent, OR Australian graduate diploma or masters by coursework (with credit average) or equivalent; and

Research proposal; and

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic: Overall 6.5 (min sub-score 6.0); Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL) – Paper Based Test: 575; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet Based Test (iBT): 79-93 (min. 21 in writing); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 (min. 50 in all skills); Occupational English Test (OET): C.


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Adelaide South Australia 5000
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