Graduate Studies: a General Guide

The following information should be read in conjunction with Study at Murdoch: A General Guide in this Handbook.

It is important that students also read the legislation relevant to their studies so that they are familiar with all of the requirements; for guidance refer to the University Regulation section of this Handbook.

Further information on graduate coursework studies:

The Student Centre

Further information on graduate research studies:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/CurrentResearchStudents

Course Types

Honours Degrees

Course descriptions and requirements are detailed in the Bachelor and Honours Degrees section of this Handbook.

Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas

Course descriptions and requirements are detailed in the Graduate Courses section of this Handbook.

Graduate Coursework Degrees

Course descriptions and requirements are detailed in the Graduate Courses section of this Handbook. Most Coursework Masters degrees include a dissertation or project.

Graduate Research Degrees

Candidature is offered in all Schools. The University encourages research in inter-disciplinary areas as well as in the basic disciplines. Course requirements are detailed in the Graduate Courses section of this Handbook.

Doctoral Degrees are three-year degrees with a maximum enrolment of four years full-time equivalent.

Masters Degrees have a maximum enrolment of two years full-time equivalent.

The maximum enrolment periods are doubled for part-time candidates and are calculated on a pro rata basis for candidates mixing full-time and part-time candidature during their enrolment.

Professional Doctorates

The University also offers Professional Doctorates by advanced coursework and thesis. Course descriptions and requirements are detailed in the Graduate Courses section of this Handbook.

The major differences between professional doctorates and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are that the former include substantial coursework (a PhD normally includes minimal or no coursework), and that the thesis must make a distinctive contribution to the profession (a PhD thesis must make a distinctive contribution to the knowledge of the subject with which it deals).

Admission Requirements

Specific admission requirements for graduate courses are recorded in individual course descriptions.

English Competence

The language of instruction is normally English; any variation is recorded in the offerings of relevant courses.

Unless otherwise specified in individual course admission requirements, all applicants will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their competence in English, the same as for undergraduate admission requirements: see Bachelor Studies: A General Guide.

Graduate research degrees have higher English competency requirements: Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or Paper based TOEFL 550 (with a written test of English 5).

Some courses have specific English requirements over and above those required for general graduate study; these are recorded in individual course descriptions.

Application Process

Specific admission requirements may vary significantly by each course; these are recorded in individual course descriptions.

All documents relating to satisfying the entry requirements of the course should be uploaded and submitted during the application process. Applicants are required to keep an original or certified copy of any documentation submitted as part of their application. This may be required at a later date or be requested by the University as part of any admissions review or audit.

Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants are Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand citizens. All other applicants should refer to the International Applicants information below.

All applications should be submitted online to The Student Centre. Closing dates vary.

International Applicants

International students may apply to enrol at the University as full-fee-paying students, paying the full cost of tuition for their chosen course. Most graduate courses are available for full-fee enrolment. Qualified students may apply to begin study in either Semester 1 (commencing mid February) or Semester 2 (commencing late July).

Information on financial assistance can be obtained through Australian Government diplomatic posts overseas.

For information on how to apply, see:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/EntranceRequirements

Graduate Coursework Degrees

Applicants for admission must normally hold a Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7) or its equivalent in an area relevant to the proposed course. Entry to some graduate coursework qualifications requires satisfactory preparation for the course through previous studies and/or work experience. See individual course descriptions for more specific entry requirements.

Application deadlines for each course may vary, please review the admission information for each course to determine any additional deadlines or admission requirements.

Graduate Research Degrees and Professional Doctorates

Applicants for admission to a research degree must normally hold at least an upper second-class Honours Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree only, but who have evidence of subsequent scholarly or professional attainments providing adequate research preparation, may also be considered. Applicants for admission to the Research Masters (with Training) must normally hold a Bachelor’s degree and a graduate course requiring at least one year of full-time study or the equivalent of at least two years of full-time relevant professional experience or demonstrated relevant research capacity, or a four-year degree.

Applicants for Professional Doctorates must normally have completed a four-year qualification at an appropriate level (four-year Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree and graduate diploma), and have satisfactory preparation including training in research methods. See individual course descriptions for more specific entry 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.

Admission to research degrees without coursework is possible throughout the year. Enrolment in research degrees with a coursework component is dependent on the dates the coursework is on offer. The closing date for international Graduate Research Degree Scholarship applications is the end of September, and the closing date for domestic Graduate Research Degree Scholarship applications is the end of October prior to the year of admission. A mid-year scholarship application round may take place but is dependent on scholarships being available.

Further information on tuition fees, eligibility and application procedures can be obtained from the Future Research Students web site:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/FutureResearchStudents

Enrolment

Graduate Coursework Degrees

For information on enrolment (including re-enrolment, changes of unit enrolment, and enrolment options) refer to Study at Murdoch: A General Guide above.

Students may enrol in units from other graduate courses subject to meeting unit prerequisites and approval of the Academic Chair. Students need to ensure that their unit enrolment complies with the requirements of relevant legislation; see the University Regulation section of the Handbook for more information.

Dissertations

In addition to completing coursework, candidates for most Master's degrees will be expected to complete some independent research and project work or practice related learning.

An extension to the timeframe for completion of a dissertation may be approved by the School Dean in exceptional circumstances, on the recommendation of the Academic Chair. Where an extension has been granted and the work is not submitted by the start of the following semester, the student must enrol for a minimum of three credit points for that semester. This does not gain additional credit towards the degree, but incurs tuition fee liability for that semester.

Independent Study Contracts

Graduate coursework students may apply to undertake an Independent Study Contract; this requires the approval of the School Dean. Details of the procedure to be followed are above in Study at Murdoch: A General Guide.

Withdrawal of Enrolment

Students may discontinue their studies by formally withdrawing from the University. Details of the procedure to be followed are above in Study at Murdoch: A General Guide.

Graduate Research Degrees

Graduate research students are required to meet the requirements for confirmation within 6 months of commencement of candidature for full-time PhD and MPhil (or 12 months for part-time enrolments).

During their candidature, graduate research students are required to submit Annual Progress and Interim Progress reports to the Graduate Research Office. Provided that progress has been satisfactory, students will be re-enrolled for the following year. Continued enrolment also depends upon the satisfactory completion of individual milestones.

Independent Study Contracts

Graduate research students wishing to undertake an Independent Study Contract should submit the Graduate Research ISC Application Form to the Graduate Research Office:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/ResearchCandidatureForms

Withdrawal of Enrolment

Graduate research students may discontinue their studies by formally withdrawing, using the form provided by the Graduate Research Office:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/ResearchCandidatureForms

Assessment

Unit Coordinators must provide to students, no later than the beginning of the relevant teaching period, a statement of the assessment requirements including assessment methods and weightings. The assessment and grading system used at graduate level is the same as that outlined above in Study at Murdoch: A General Guide.

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The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.


Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.