Master of Applied Research

VU course code: URAR | CRICOS: 099077E | Level of study: Research
2 years full time or longer for part time
In person

Fee type for this course: Research

City Campus, Footscray Park, St Albans, Werribee


Gain a solid foundation in research methods before undertaking a thesis related to health or sport. The Master of Applied Research is designed for bachelor graduates from any discipline.

When you undertake a Master of Applied Research at Victoria University, you'll study crucial topics to set you on the path to success, including research methods, ethics, project-design and disciplinary expertise relevant to your research. On passing the core units with a 70% average, you’ll begin your own research in a field of personal passion and interest that aligns with our focus areas.

Victoria University conducts highly-ranked research:

Within the Institute for Health & Sport you can study towards a qualification in a range of disciplines, including biomedical sciences, biotechnology, business, nursing, food science, sport science, and social sciences.

Specialise in your area of passion and personal interest within our research programs, which incorporate:

  • diversity and inclusion
  • health, mental health and disease
  • sport performance
  • sport business
  • policy.

Further opportunities exist to complete a Master of Research in our Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Applied Research, students will be required to complete the below mentioned components consisting of:

  • Required coursework units with a minimum of an average of 70% or have approved advanced standing for the unit(s)
  • A Research Thesis unit and have had their thesis classified as passed by the Dean, Graduate Research (or nominee)

Fees & scholarships

As a research student at Victoria University (VU), your fees will vary based on your program of study and your success in applying for grants and scholarships.

Victoria University is proud to support research scholarship recipients each year.




A masters degree is increasingly important for a professional career. The Master of Applied Research will ensure you are prepared to enter the competitive job market.

This course could lead to a career as researcher or academic tutor, and prepare you for a senior role in a number of specialist fields.

You'll have the experience and confidence to take a leading position in a range of fields related to your discipline:

  • healthcare administration or management
  • policy making and development
  • public-sector research or writing
  • sports manager or coach
  • scientist.

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