Higher Degree Research
Research students in the Department of Environmental Sciences have the opportunity to work with academics at the forefront of their fields. Generous scholarship schemes are available for applicants with proven research experience and excellent potential. The department conducts and promotes interdisciplinary research in a wide variety of environmental sciences covering environmental management, physical geography, environmental geoscience, environmental quality, climate science, spatial information science, and other related natural and physical sciences.
For information about Higher Degree Research and enrolment please see the HDR website.
The Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (BPhil/MRes) is an internationally recognised two year (full-time equivalent) postgraduate research training degree. The MRes is also the main pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at Macquarie University.
Year 1 (i.e. BPhil) consists of advanced disciplinary coursework focussed on the exploration of research frontiers in Environmental Sciences.
Year 2 (i.e. MRes) consists of a masters level research training program tailored to a novel research project that culminates in the completion of an original thesis.
Year 1 Research Frontiers
32 credit points of advanced coursework, including tailored individual units working with Environmental Sciences staff.
Information regarding the recommended enrolment pattern for BPhil/MRes in Environmental Sciences and supplementary information for Year 1 coursework (shell units and advanced topics).
Year 2 Research Training
32 credit points of structured research, where MRes students will:
- Extend their knowledge of research innovations in their discipline;
- Survey the current literature related to their particular research interest;
- Study the latest research methods in their field;
- Plan a major research project;
- Receive training in project management;
- Complete a significant individual research pilot project of their own design.
How To Apply
BPhil/MRes applications are accepted for Session 1 (January) and Session 2 (July) admissions. Students that have already completed a Master of Science (MSc) or a similar degree may be eligible for direct entry to Year 2 of the program. More information about the application process and deadlines.
Dr Tim Ralph – Environmental Sciences MRes Program Director and Advisor
Photo by Tim Ralph - Lake Cootapatamba
We offer PhD and MPhil postgraduate research degrees. Our postgraduate research students benefit from the generous financial and in-kind support available through several schemes, state of the art facilities and the supportive research environment.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an ungraded degree awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to conduct research independently, and form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and to afford evidence of coherence and originality shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power. The candidate’s program of study will be supervised by at least two supervisors.
The degree requires that a thesis with a maximum length of 75,000 to 100,000 words (depending on the Department) be submitted for a written assessment by three examiners external to the University. Before submitting a PhD thesis, all candidates must have followed an approved program of study and research within the University for a period determined by the Higher Degree Research Committee (normally not less than two years).
A candidate’s program of study must be supervised by an eligible Macquarie academic staff member, and will normally be carried out within the University. There is, however, provision for a candidate to be permitted to carry out much of the program outside the University with Faculty approval.
In some disciplines further research training or the completion of a preliminary coursework program in research preparation may be required prior to admission. For further information please refer to the section on Pathways to Macquarie Research Programs and to the Faculty sections of this prospectus.
For more information and enrolment procedures please visit the HDR Website
Master of Philosophy
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an ungraded degree awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has made a contribution to knowledge in a particular field of study by presenting new facts or by demonstrating an independent critical ability to evaluate existing material in a new light.
The MPhil program is available in all Faculties. The degree requires that a thesis with a maximum length of 50,000 words be submitted for a written assessment by two examiners external to the University. Before submitting a thesis all candidates must have followed an approved program of study and research within the University for a period determined by the Higher Degree Research Committee and normally not less than one year. The program of study may include some coursework and research seminar units and participation in presentations, and will be supervised by at least two supervisors.
In some disciplines further research training or the completion of a preliminary coursework program in research preparation may be required prior to admission to candidature. For further information, please refer to the section on Pathways to Macquarie Research Programs and to the Faculties and Departments sections of this Prospectus.
For more information and enrolment procedures please visit the HDR website