PhD and MPhil

PhD and MPhil

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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