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Master of philosophy

About the course

Recognising the diversity of skills and backgrounds, Our Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a personalised degree designed to meet your career and research goals. Study in one of our faculties or choose a non-specialised MPhil to build your research skills and advance to a PhD.

Details

  • Tailor opportunities to your strengths, experience and career goals. A research degree skills audit helps you and your supervisors to identify the coursework and training that will support your research and employment goals.
  • Engage with other students across all disciplines and be exposed to transdisciplinary concepts.
  • Acquire knowledge in areas vital to progressing into the research workforce.
  • Benefit from the support and mentorship of experienced researchers, who will provide you with the ideal training foundation for future admission into a PhD.

You can read more  about our Master of Philosophy including units and international entry requirements

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the Master of Philosophy, you usually need to have:

  • a proposed research project that the faculty has the resources to supervise and support
  • either:
    • a completed bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with a minimum grade point average of 5 (on a 7 point scale) and relevant professional or research experience
    • a completed bachelor honours degree (AQF Level 8) in a relevant discipline.

Costs and scholarships

There are no fees for Master of Philosophy students who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents of Australia.

International students can find out more about fees and costs by checking course information.

You may be eligible for a scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round to help cover your costs while you're studying. Or you can browse all research scholarships.

Course code IF80
Attendance Part time or full time
Course duration 2 years full time
Start month Start any time
CRICOS code095410G

Research areas

Business

Collaborate with government and industry to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community at a local, national and global level.

Explore areas like:

  • accountability, regulation and governance
  • consumers, markets and stakeholders
  • economics and finance
  • entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy
  • non-profit and social enterprise
  • organisation and work.

Learn more about research in the QUT Business School

Creative industries

Join our progressive and collaborative postgraduate community and make an original contribution to media, design or creative arts research. We foster a supportive environment that encourages our researchers to address real world problems in areas like:

  • digital media, communication and culture
  • innovation in the performing and digital arts
  • sustainability and innovation in design.

Learn more about research in our Creative Industries Faculty

Education

Recognised internationally as a leader in education research with a global outlook, we provide the right environment for our researchers and research students to make real progress and generate real world impact. Our research is leading the way in areas like:

  • childhood in changing contexts
  • teacher education and professional learning
  • literacies, language, texts and technologies
  • STEM education
  • student engagement, learning and behaviour.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Education

Health

Get hands-on experience with patients and students, and collaborate with government, community groups, hospitals and institutions from around the world. Your work has the potential to advance healthcare in areas including:

  • behavioural neuroscience and mental health
  • chronic conditions, including cancer
  • healthy lifestyles, ageing and environments
  • emergency care and health services
  • infection and injury prevention.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Health

Law

As our commercial, social and digital worlds continue to evolve, our laws and justice system must progress with them. Our research is helping to shape the law and guide policy reform in areas like:

  • commercial and property law
  • crime and justice
  • health law
  • intellectual property and innovation law
  • international law and global governance.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Law

Science and engineering

From robotics to biomedical engineering, we are leading the way with research that will contribute significantly to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of people across the globe. It’s exciting, world-changing work happening in areas like:

  • chemistry, physics and mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering and built environment
  • earth environmental and biological sciences
  • electrical engineering and computer science
  • information systems
  • mathematical sciences.

Learn more about research in our Science and Engineering Faculty

More than a supervisor

When you research with us, you’ll benefit from having a dynamic support system around you.

Your support team will include external supervisors from industry as well as our academic staff. You’ll develop a positive and collaborative relationship, helping you progress toward your research goals.

Find your team

Writing your research proposal

One of the most important steps in your application is your research proposal. It should include:

  • your research topic
  • an overview of previous research in the area
  • the objectives of your research
  • your proposed research methods and plan
  • your supervisor
  • any coursework requirements.

How to apply

Before you apply for a research degree, there are a few steps you need to complete. You'll need to make sure you meet the entry requirements, find a supervisor, get your supporting documents in order and complete your research proposal.

Apply for a research degree

Contact us

If you have questions about the best options for you, the application process, your research topic, finding a supervisor or anything else, get in touch with us today.