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Research masters

If you want to take your research to the next level, we offer a transdisciplinary Master of Philosophy course.

What is a Master of Philosophy?

Designed to keep pace with a changing world, this course gives you the opportunity to complete an internationally recognised graduate research degree. Our Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offers optional training opportunities and experiences, and distinct cohort models. It's a unique research degree that provides the ideal stepping-stone to a PhD or a smooth transition to industry.

As an MPhil student, you'll normally:

  • complete any relevant coursework and transferrable skills training components
  • prepare a research hypothesis and methodology
  • present the results of your research in a thesis.

What can I research?

Depending on the faculty you study in, you can either design your own topic for research, or choose from suggested student topics. If you are designing your own topic, we strongly suggest aligning the topic with one of our research areas.

You'll graduate with a specialisation on your testamur, depending on your research area. Alternatively, you can complete a non-specialised MPhil.

Who should consider an MPhil?

An MPhil is ideal if you want to:

  • develop high level critical, analytical and research methodological skills and acquire extensive knowledge in a specialist area
  • tailor your learning opportunities to your skills, experience and career goals. Our 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 as a cohort approach to learning
  • engage with end users and acquire knowledge in areas that will help you 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 for future admission into a PhD.

Before considering an MPhil, you should read the Master of Philosophy course regulations (PDF file, 136.37 KB).


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).

How long will my course take?

You can complete your MPhil within 18 months full time (3 years part time), but you can take up to 2 years full time (or 4 years part time) depending on your experience when you start studying.

Coursework units can make up 6 months of your MPhil. The coursework you need to complete will be informed by completion of your research degree skills audit, which you'll submit as part of your course application.


Research Admissions

  • Level
    Level 4, 88 Musk Avenue
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane, QLD, 4000