Master of Research Practice

VU course code: URPC | CRICOS: 099082G | Level of study: Research
1 year full time or longer for part time
In person

Fee type for this course: Research

City Campus, Footscray Park, St Albans, Werribee


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.

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.

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 Research Practice, 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.

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us (and didn't apply through an agent), you may be eligible for a 10% discount. Not available for single-package courses.

Find out how




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.