Engage in Original Research

A Masters by Research is your opportunity to engage in serious research and contribute new knowledge to your area of research interest within the arts, humanities, Education or social sciences. This program is similar to a Doctor of Philosophy but on a more modest scale and provides research training to apply for a PhD.

You'll develop insight and critical research skills, master strong research methodology and complete an original piece of research, under the support and guidance of a supervisor. To be eligible for the degree, you must show clear potential to undertake significant independent research, which is provided evidence by the successful completion of a relevant honours degree; professional work following a relevant undergraduate degree or completion of a postgraduate coursework degree with a significant research component.

Structure

A Masters by Research program involves the following:

  • a research thesis proposal
  • a research thesis, normally of 30,000 words
  • some specialisation areas also require the completion of 3 coursework courses

The program is completed within two years full-time or four years of part-time study.

Subject Areas

We offer a range of specialist Masters by Research programs in a broad range of subject and research areas.

These include the following:

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Entry Requirements

Admission to the Masters by Research degree requires similar evidence of research training, Applicants must:

  • have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor with Honours from the University of New South Wales at a standard not below Honours Class 2 Division 2 or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution; or
  • have been awarded an appropriate award of Graduate Diploma by Research or appropriate Master by Coursework at an average of Distinction from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution; or
  • have had at least two years professional experience of a kind acceptable to the HDC AND have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor, at an average of Distinction, from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution, and
    • satisfy the HDC that the qualification is at a level and of a character indicating research potential; 
    • professional experience per se is not enough to demonstrate research potential. Applicants need to clearly demonstrate some degree with familiarity with research techniques and/or the experience of carrying out research.

In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the HDC may be permitted to enrol for the degree.

If the HDC is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant, the HDC may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the HDC may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.

All applicants must also meet the University’s English language entry requirements.

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