Masters by Research

Graduate Research School

Offered in all Faculties except the Australian School of Business

The minimum length of candidature is 1.5 years and the maximum length is 2 years.

  • Full-time enrolment in a Master by Research program is on the basis of 35-40 hours per week, 48 weeks per year (candidates can take up to 4 weeks holiday)
  • Part-time enrolment in a Master by Research program is on the basis of 15-20 hours per week, 48 weeks per year (candidates can take up to 4 weeks holiday)

The minimum requirement for admission to a Masters by Research is:

  • an appropriate four year Bachelor's degree with Honours from an Australian University that includes a substantial research component, or
  • a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent by the appropriate Faculty Higher Degree Committee.

In exceptional circumstances, the Higher Degree Committee may consider for admission applicants who do not have qualifications equivalent to a four year honours degree, if sufficient evidence is provided of research experience that clearly demonstrates exceptional research skills and the ability to undertake the proposed research program.

In addition to these academic requirements, the Head of School must certify to the Faculty that there is an appropriate supervisor available for the proposed research program and that the necessary facilities and resources required to successfully complete the research are available.

A Masters by Research degree requires completion of an original piece of research, more limited in scope and nature to that required for a PhD. Candidates develop mastery of appropriate methodology, and they present their findings in the wider context of their discipline.

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