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Research Masters (with Training)

  • M1263RESEARCH MASTERS WITH TRAINING (no direct entry)

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Title Research Masters (with Training)
Course Code M1262; M1263
Study Level Master's by Research (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Graduate Research
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Master of [fieldname]
Duration 1.5 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 Candidature for research degrees is offered in all Schools. The University encourages research in interdisciplinary areas as well as in the basic disciplines.

The Research Masters (with Training) is an 18-month full-time (or three years part-time) degree designed for students for whom additional, or specialised, research training is desirable. It is designed for:

* Industry professionals who seek to extend and deepen their research expertise

* Professionals and others interested in undertaking research relevant to their professional field

* Those hoping to proceed to higher degrees but lacking in the conventional background.

Students are required to produce a thesis no more than 60,000 words. Once conferred, RMT graduates will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be considered eligible for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidature.

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 a Research Masters with Training (RMT), an applicant must:
* have a Bachelor Degree in the same or cognate discipline (AQF level 7) and satisfy the Manager with evidence of professional attainments relevant to the proposed research discipline; or
* have a Bachelor Degree in a different discipline (AQF level 7) and:
a) have successfully completed a graduate course in the same discipline requiring at least one year of equivalent full-time study (AQF level 8); or
b) satisfy the Manager of Graduate Research with evidence of professional attainments (of at least two years' full-time duration or equivalent) relevant to the proposed research discipline; or
* satisfy the Manager of Graduate Research with evidence of significant scholarly or professional attainments equivalent to AQF level 8.

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.

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

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
Intake Periods You can apply for research degrees at any time during the year. Students who have received credit for the coursework component of the RMT and their degree is comprised solely of a research project, can commence at any time. Students who are required to complete the coursework component will need to commence at the start of the relevant semester.
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 - 36 credit points

Candidates undertake 12 points of \graduate coursework units in their research area. Units should relate to the area of research and be discussed with supervisors. A satisfactory outcome must be achieved in those units before a candidate is allowed to progress to their research thesis (24 credit points).

For further information on Graduate Research Degrees, see the Future Research Students website:

No course plans are available for this course in 2020.

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