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  • Complete a university-wide degree that gives you access to expertise from all our faculties and research areas.
  • Tailor your learning opportunities to your skills, experience and career goals. A research degree skills audit allows you and your supervisors to identify skills and align them with research and employment goals.
  • Be exposed to transdisciplinary concepts and engage with other students across all disciplines with a cohort approach to learning.
  • Engage with end users and acquire knowledge in areas that are seen as critical requirements to progress into the research workforce.
  • Benefit from the support of experienced researchers who can guide and mentor your work and provide the best possible training foundation for future admission into a PhD.
QUT course code IF80
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1.5 - 2 years full-time
4 years part-time
Note: This course is accredited as 2 years. However, it can be completed in 18 months - 2 years.
Start month 2018 & 2019 Start any time
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • QUT Business School
  • Faculty of Education
  • Creative Industries Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Law
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Research Admissions
CRICOS code 095410G


A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a great option if you are interested in building your research skills while setting yourself up for the opportunity to advance to a PhD.

Our Master of Philosophy is personalised and innovatively designed to recognise the broad diversity of applicants' skills and background experiences, understanding each student has unique career aspirations.

Each of our faculties offers a Master of Philosophy, but if you're not sure what you'd like to specialise in there is also the option of a non-specialised degree.

Research areas


Collaborate with government and industry to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community - locally, nationally and globally. Recent partnerships and funding from innovative sectors of the economy highlight our ability to make real progress.

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 business

Creative industries and innovation

Join our progressive and collaborative postgraduate community and make an original contribution to media, design or creative arts research. We believe in fostering a supportive intellectual 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 the creative industries


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
  • initial teacher education and professional learning
  • literacies, culture and digital media
  • STEM education
  • student engagement, learning and behaviour.

Learn more about research in education

Health and biomedical innovation

Discover new patient treatments and ways to provide better health for our community. Gain hands-on experience with patients and students, and seize the opportunity to collaborate with government, community groups, hospitals and institutions from around the world. Your work has the potential to advance real-world healthcare in a vast range of areas from behavioural neuroscience and mental health to tissue repair and regeneration.

Learn more about research in health

Law and justice

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 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 and it’s happening now 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 science and engineering


Mandatory units

You'll need to complete:

  • a time-based thesis
  • IFN001 Advanced Information Research Skills.

You may need to complete other units that are recommended by your faculty, negotiated with you and based on the skills gaps identified in your research degree skills audit.

Study areas

Your faculty may have several specialisations (study areas) that your research will align with. This will appear on your testamur at graduation:


  • Master of Philosophy (Accountancy)
  • Master of Philosophy (Advertising)
  • Master of Philosophy (Economics)
  • Master of Philosophy (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
  • Master of Philosophy (Finance)
  • Master of Philosophy (Human Resource Management)
  • Master of Philosophy (International Business)
  • Master of Philosophy (Management)
  • Master of Philosophy (Marketing)
  • Master of Philosophy (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
  • Master of Philosophy (Public Relations)

Creative Industries

  • Master of Philosophy (Design)
  • Master of Philosophy (Communication)
  • Master of Philosophy (Creative Practice)


  • Master of Philosophy (Education)


  • Master of Philosophy (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Master of Philosophy (Exercise Sciences)
  • Master of Philosophy (Nursing)
  • Master of Philosophy (Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • Master of Philosophy (Optometry)
  • Master of Philosophy (Paramedicine)
  • Master of Philosophy (Pharmacy)
  • Master of Philosophy (Physical Education)
  • Master of Philosophy (Podiatry)
  • Master of Philosophy (Public Health)
  • Master of Philosophy (Psychology)
  • Master of Philosophy (Radiology)
  • Master of Philosophy (Social Work)


  • Master of Philosophy (Law)
  • Master of Philosophy (Justice)

Science and Engineering

  • Master of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Master of Philosophy (Information Technology)
  • Master of Philosophy (Mathematics)
  • Master of Philosophy (Science)
  • Master of Philosophy (Urban Development)

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, you need either:

  • a completed recognised bachelor honours degree in a discipline relevant to your intended area of study or
  • a completed recognised bachelor degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to your intended area of study with:
    • a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale)
    • relevant professional and/or research experience (as determined by the faculty).

Applications and proposed research projects are subject to supervisor availability and resources available within the faculty.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $25,800 - $32,000 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (subject to annual review)

2018: $22,400 - $30,400 per year full time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (subject to annual review)

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are normally covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic), as long as you complete your degree within the program's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTP.

Scholarships and financial support

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

View all research scholarships


How to apply for Master of Philosophy

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

To complete your application, you'll need to:

  • check you meet the entry requirements
  • look at our research areas
  • agree on a supervisor and research topic with your faculty
  • check costs and scholarships
  • write your research proposal
  • gather your supporting documents.

Follow our step-by-step applying guide to make sure your application meets all the criteria.


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