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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

  • M1261MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (no direct entry)

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Title Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Course Code M1260; M1261
Study Level Master's by Research (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Graduate Research
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Mandurah campus (internal)
Mandurah campus (external)
Rockingham campus (internal)
Rockingham campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised graduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. It is a supervised research program involving the independent research of a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor. Students are required to provide a thesis that demonstrates their capacity for critical analysis and application of specialist knowledge. The MPhil program provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance their analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field. The candidate must undertake an original investigation which would normally be more limited in scope and degree of originality than a PhD. Many MPhil students choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD. Likewise, some PhD students elect to finish early with an MPhil.

Students are required to produce a thesis no more than 60,000 words.

Graduate research offers an opportunity for you to develop a research project that fascinates you and acquire critical thinking and research skills that will transform the way you see the world.
The process of completing your thesis means you have exciting opportunities to:
* Make an original contribution to human knowledge.
* Work with and be challenged by top academics and experts in your field, as well as attending national and international conferences.
* Experience the joy of spending several years exploring a research topic you're passionate about.
* Gain knowledge and critical thinking skills that will change the way you see the world.

Candidature for research degrees is offered in all Schools. The University encourages research in interdisciplinary areas as well as in the basic disciplines.

For further information on Graduate Research Degrees, see the Future Research Students web site:
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings To be eligible for admission as a candidate for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), an applicant must have:
* a Bachelor Degree with at least a 2A Honours (AQF level 8); or
* a Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7), and satisfy the Manager of Graduate Research with evidence of significant scholarly or professional attainments providing satisfactory research preparation equivalent to AQF level 8.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Admission Requirements: Offshore course offerings Remote candidates should generally spend a period of at least six months (not necessarily continuously) at the University during their candidature and a library, and any other facilities necessary for graduate research, must be available at the student's location. Applications are considered individually on their own merits.
Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Applicants for part-time study must submit a statement that they will be able to devote a minimum of 15 hours per week to their research in each year of their candidature. Full-time students must devote at least 37.5 hours per week on average to research.

Internet access is required for students studying externally; exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Some students propose to carry out research in the course of their current employment. The conditions of this kind of enrolment must be agreed by the research candidate, their employer and the Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee.

Before you apply for admission to a graduate research project at Murdoch University, you will need to write a research proposal. For the best chance of being accepted, you should also find and nominate a potential supervisor.

Given the amount of time and effort you'll be investing in your research, it's important that your research topic inspires you and will keep you motivated throughout your research journey. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you develop your research proposal and find a supervisor:
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Graduates of this degree will be able to:
a) demonstrate a body of knowledge that includes recent developments in their field of research
b) demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of their research

Graduates of this degree will be able to:
a) demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
b) apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
c) apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
d) design, use and evaluate research and research methods
e) present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences
f) design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

Graduates of this degree will be able to:
a) demonstrate creativity and initiative to new situations and/or for further learning
b) demonstrate a high level personal autonomy and accountability
c) plan and execute a substantial piece of research

Adapted from the Australian Qualifications Framework: http://www.aqf.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/AQF-2nd-Edition-January-2013.pdf
Employment Prospects When you complete a research degree at Murdoch University, you'll do much more than write a thesis. You'll develop a whole range of new skills including critical thinking, researching and writing, and experience being published, teaching and presenting in domestic and international conferences. These skills are transferable across any industry, so after graduating you could find yourself in any number of academic or non-academic roles, in the private or public sector.
Professional Recognition This is an internationally recognised graduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project.
Intake Periods You can apply for research degrees at any time during the year. Degrees that are comprised solely of a research project can be commenced at any time.
Scholarships Scholarships are available for both domestic students and international students. Financial assistance can include tuition fees, living allowances and even international travel awards. See the future research students web site for more details:
Further Information See 'Graduate Studies: A General Guide'
Graduate Research web site
Graduate Research web site
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

For further information on Graduate Research Degrees, see the future research students website:

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