Higher Degree Research

Higher Degree Research

Environmental landscapes

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.

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.

General information regarding the BPhil/MRes program.

Information regarding scholarships for domestic and international MRes students.

Information regarding the MRes international exchange program.

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.

Contact

Dr Tim Ralph – Environmental Sciences MRes Program Director and Advisor

Photo by Tim Ralph - Lake Cootapatamba

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

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