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  • Develop advanced skills in investigation and critical thinking to apply to real industry problems.
  • Gain extensive knowledge in a specialist area, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, construction management, property economics, landscape architecture, architecture and planning, and sustainability.
  • Apply yourself to a program of supervised research and investigation before preparing a thesis.
QUT course code BN71
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2016
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 007897G
  • Architect
  • Construction Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Engineer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Manager
  • Project Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Property Development
  • Property Economist
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Urban Designer


From this research degree you will acquire advanced knowledge of scientific research methods which can be applied to research problems in the built environment. As well as mastering relevant techniques, you will develop high-level skills in investigation and critical thinking and attain extensive knowledge in a specialist area.

Specialisations are available in all the design and built environment disciplines—architecture, interior design, industrial design, construction management, property economics, landscape architecture, architecture and planning—and in the research themes of sustainability and design. You are encouraged to discuss your application with faculty staff early in the development of the research proposal that forms part of your application.

Masters by research studies normally include:

  • assessed coursework
  • participation in university scholarly activities such as research seminars, teaching and publication
  • regular meetings with supervisors
  • a program of supervised research and investigation
  • preparation of a thesis.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Applied Science (Research)

This degree consists of coursework, which can be up to one-third of the course, and research, which must be at least two-thirds of the course. The assessed coursework may be in the form of advanced lectures, seminars, reading courses or independent study designed to focus on information retrieval skills. The Faculty also recommends all students undertake a QUT facilitated Research Writing Program. The research component is a program of supervised research and investigation at a level of scientific competence significantly higher than that expected from an undergraduate degree and, typically, a masters thesis does not need to be as substantial as a Doctor of Philosophy thesis.

Students undertake a program of research and investigation on a topic approved by the Academic Board. All projects should be sponsored either by outside agencies such as industry, government authorities, or professional organisations, or by the university itself.

Getting Started:

Choose a topic:

Step 1: Identify your discipline and choose a topic

  • Construction Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Property Economics
  • Project Management
  • Planning
  • Surveying

Step 2: Contact the Science and Engineering Faculty's research degree coordinator.

QUT researchers are available to discuss your topic with you to ensure it has the right scope and scale for your preferred research degree. There are also opportunities for you to align your interests with QUT’s major ongoing research programs. Explore research topics.

Find a supervisor

Connecting with a supervisor for your project is of vital importance. Finding a supervisor

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised bachelor honours degree including a major relevant to the intended area of study; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent) including a major relevant to the intended area of study with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) and relevant professional and/ or research experience as determined by Faculty.

Research proposals must be submitted with your application. Proposed research projects are subject to supervisor availability and resources available within the faculty to support the proposed research topic.

Application Guide

Applicants are asked to nominate a supervisor and topic when submitting a formal application. An application is likely to be more successful where a supervisor and topic are well matched.

Applicants should ensure that there is a genuine fit with the potential supervisor's research interests by looking at the interests of the researchers within the relevant school as described on the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty website. Applicants are encouraged to contact the postgraduate research enquiries team for assistance at (

This contact should include a transcript of academic records, the topic area which you wish to study, the school in which you wish to undertake your research, and if known, the name of a potential supervisor. The HDR Admissions Officer may ask you for further information to assist with your enquiry. The information will be passed onto the nominated (or relevant) school or supervisor.

Faculty Research Contact


Telephone: +61 7 3138 4783

Level 4, O Podium
Gardens Point Campus, George St, QLD 4000

Application Submission

You can submit an online application or hardcopy using the PR Form. Hardcopy applications can be emailed to the QUT HDR Admissions Office at ( Applications must include all supporting documentations including your detailed research proposal.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are automatically covered by the Australian government's Research Training Scheme (RTS), as long as you complete your degree within the scheme's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTS.

2016: $14,100 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under RTS. (subject to annual review)

2015: $13,500 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under the RTS. (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Master of Applied Science (Research)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Looked at our research areas
  2. Selected your degree
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked if you're eligible for a scholarship
  5. Agreed on a supervisor with your faculty
  6. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  7. Written your research proposal
  8. Gathered your supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Submit your application


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