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Overview

Complete a masters that contributes to industry or community development – in just one year. Victoria University's Master of Research Practice recognises honours qualifications, letting you graduate sooner.

Acknowledging your honours (or equivalent) degree, this masters qualification includes only two core units, in research ethics and project design, allowing you to begin your thesis and graduate sooner. It is part of a suite of masters courses, tailored to graduates with different study backgrounds.

For your original thesis, you'll receive expert guidance from leading researchers within our 'Sustainable industries and liveable cities' research group, which includes:

In your chosen area of research – as diverse as arts, business, computer science, education, engineering, economics, science, law, and sociology – you'll address important contemporary issues such as:

  • climate change
  • cultural diversity, arts and social justice
  • technology in future industries, education and policy
  • urban planning.

Further opportunities exist to complete a Master of Research in the Institute for Health & Sport.

VU is recognised for research excellence – in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia rankings, we were rated above world standard for our engineering, mathematical sciences, and applied-mathematics areas, among others.

We have also been ranked:

  • 2nd in Victoria for computer science
  • 3rd in Victoria for engineering & technology (Times Higher Education).

Engineering & science labs

Victoria University has high-tech laboratories and equipment that enable our innovative research.

These include:

  • computer modelling software packages including GIS and REALM
  • controlled-temperature rooms for botanical work
  • dynamics labs including drop- and shock-testing and thermal-imaging equipment
  • e-health software and systems, including PhysAnalyser & GP E-connect
  • fluid mechanics and hydraulics lab
  • large-scale structural fire-test furnace
  • materials engineering labs
  • PCR molecular labs
  • pluviometers, flowmeters, and water-quality monitoring equipment
  • polymer research lab.

Libraries & special collections

The VU Library holds several special collections and archives that are available to assist graduate students and staff in their research.

We have working partnerships with most universities in Victoria, and several large industry and government departments.

Our collaborative partners include the following, among many others:

  • Attorney-General’s Department
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation
  • Australian Social Policy Institute (ASPI)
  • City West Water
  • Cross Yarra Tunnel
  • Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group)
  • GWMWater
  • Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV)
  • Melbourne City Mission
  • Melbourne Metro
  • Memcor
  • NEXUS Online
  • Oztron Energy
  • Peter Mac Cancer Centre
  • Sunshine Hospital
  • Telstra
  • The University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)
  • United Energy
  • Western Water
  • World Health Organization (WHO).

Our research is aligned with two interdisciplinary flagship research themes, delivered through six research focus areas.

Sustainable industries and liveable cities research is undertaken by:

You'll have access to expertise in our collaborative law and policy institutes:

You can also undertake a masters through VU's Institute for Health and Sport.

Conduct research that addresses major challenges faced by communities and industries. We offer leading supervision in several areas:

  • Cultural Diversity: Migration and mobility; Social inclusion, cohesion and equity; Access to justice; Community services; Creative arts
  • Urbanisation – Leading Urban Planning for the West & Beyond: Infrastructure and services; Urban and peri-urban planning; Quality of life
  • Climate Change: Impact analysis, mitigation and adaptation; Infrastructure and planning; Risk analysis and management; Decision support
  • Industrial Futures Preparing Technology-driven Futures: Technological change; Product innovation; Economic policy; Regulation and governance
  • Future of Work: Technological change; Micro, small and medium business; Skill and knowledge development.

Victoria University has several generous research scholarships available for successful Master of Research Practice students. These scholarships are highly competitive.

There are also externally funded scholarships from dozens of organisations, some of which are aimed at postgraduate students.

VU Research gives you opportunities to:

  • connect with other researchers
  • participate in research festivals and competitions
  • develop your research skills
  • get funding for your research
  • publish and promote your findings.

We offer support for graduate researchers including:

Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.

Victoria University offers expert supervision for masters research in these areas:

  • Applied Science
  • Arts
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Civil and Building Engineering
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental and Risk Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Law and Justice
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Sport and Recreation

Some of these will be better suited to a Master of Research in the Institute for Health & Sport.

Victoria University offers Master of Research options to fit your experience and qualifications.

Our Master of Research Practice allows graduates of a related honours program to graduate within one year of fulltime study.

Within our Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities focus areas, we also offer:

  • Master of Research – an 18-month fulltime program for students with a relevant bachelor degree, or honours degree in a different discipline.
  • Master of Applied Research – a two-year program for graduates of any bachelor degree who wish move into a different discipline.

You can also undertake a Master of Research Practice, or choose from a the same suite of research degrees, within our health and sport focus area.

Careers

A masters degree is increasingly important for a professional career. The Master of Research Practice 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:

  • education in schools or other settings
  • policy making and development
  • public-sector research or writing
  • programmer or IT specialist
  • scientist.

Course structure

To attain the Masters of Research Practice, students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 24 credit points of core units
  • 72 credit points of Thesis units

Core Units

Plus

72 credit points of Thesis Units

Thesis Units

Applied Science

Arts

Biomedical Sciences

Biotechnology

Business

Chemical Sciences

Civil and Building Engineering

Computer Science and Mathematics

Education

Electrical Engineering

Environmental and Risk Engineering

Food Science

Law and Justice

Mechanical Engineering

Nursing

Physics

Sport Science

The new Master of Research Practice at VU provides students with the opportunity to undertake and complete a research project under supervision at masters level (AQF 9). It will achieve this by providing students with a range of initial coursework units covering a) the nature and expectation of the research process and b) disciplinary specialisations where appropriate. The research progress will also be scaffolded by milestone requirements ensuring support throughout and quality and timely submission of the research. 

AQF level 9 criteria: Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and be able to:

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of fundamental principles and current debates about ethics and integrity in research; 
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with relevant national codes and university policies that impact on research practice and appropriate conduct in various research environments; 
  3. Identify key areas of ethics and integrity that relate to their own area of research practice 
  4. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate options and approaches to resolve issues in research integrity and ethics that may arise in their field of research; and 
  5. Critically defend a position in relation to research ethics and integrity as it relates to their own area of research practice and design of their own research project. 
  6. Develop skills of advanced written and spoken academic communication.

Application of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates of a Master of Research Practice will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:

  • with creativity and initiative to new situations and/or for further learning
  • with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • to plan and execute a substantial piece of 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.

Credits

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 do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent).
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in the same discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent).

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity on +61 3 9919 4522 or email apply.research@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

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