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 degree of Bachelor with honours from the University of New South Wales; or
  • a qualification at a level from a tertiary institution considered equivalent by the Higher Degree Committee (HDC)

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who the HDC considers holds academic and professional qualifications equivalent to the required qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree

These conditions are specified in the UNSW Admission to HDR Programs Procedure.

In addition to these academic requirements, the Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator in the School, or the Associate Dean (Research or Research Training) or equivalent recommends the appointment of a primary or secondary supervisor, joint supervisor or a supervisory panel to the Dean of Graduate Research. This recommendation must be on the basis of appropriate space, resources and expertise being available to support the proposed research candidature. 

This information is specified in the UNSW HDR Supervision Procedure

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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