A research degree is a unique opportunity to develop new skills, problem-solving abilities, and think logically, creatively and critically.
You can build upon the specialist knowledge you have and learn how to manage a research project.
- develop problem-solving abilities
- think logically, creatively and critically
- improve your career prospects with skills that will make you competitive in your field.
Be supported by academic staff with experience in research projects, presenting papers to international conferences and publishing academic journals and books.
The standard duration of a Masters by Research varies according to your qualifications.
If you have a three year undergraduate degree, the duration will be two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. However, if you have an Honours degree in a closely related discipline, or have equivalent research experience, the standard duration is eighteen months of full-time study or part-time equivalent.
A thesis on an approved subject will be required. The research will be conducted under the supervision of your principal supervisor and co-supervisor.
Career opportunities include:
- management-level positions in industry or government
- research in government laboratories, research institutions or in industry
- employment with a university conducting research
- visiting key international research institutes.
The course objectives are to produce graduates who have the following knowledge and skills:
- a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more discipline
- advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
- cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
- cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
- cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
- cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research method
- communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audience
- technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge
This knowledge and these skills will be demonstrated through the planning and execution of a substantial piece of research:
- with creativity and initiative
- with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, demonstrating expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner
The standard duration of a Masters Degree (Research) is two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent, although in certain circumstances the degree may be completed in eighteen months.
In some cases the student may be required to complete approved coursework units such as laboratory skills or research design as part of the Masters Degree (Research).
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.