Master of Philosophy

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.

Length of candidature

The MPhil is a two year equivalent full-time program. The minimum period of candidature for full-time candidates is one year, the maximum period two years. For part-time candidates the minimum is two years, the maximum four years. A full-time candidate is expected to commit on average a minimum of 40 hours per week to their research study program. A part-time candidate is expected to commit on average a minimum of 20 hours per week to their research study program and consult weekly with their supervisors. Please refer to the Calendar of Governance, Legislation and Rules for more detailed information.

Admission requirements (from 2014)

Admission to the Master of Philosophy from 1 January 2014 will have the following new requirements:

         i.            Applicants to have completed the Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) with at least 65% in second year of the MRes; OR

      ii.       Applicants with Master’s degree (at least two years) from another institution with major research component (at least 50% thesis, approx. 20,000 words) at Credit level.

In addition, all other peer-reviewed research output may be taken into consideration under Rule 7(10) of Macquarie University’s Master Degree Rule for admission to the Master of Philosophy program. The maximum period of candidature for the Master of Philosophy will be 2 years.

Candidates who have not completed an MRes and do not meet the above criteria may be asked to undertake the Master of Research as a research training pathway to the new Doctoral degree or the Master of Philosophy. Candidates with previous study at Bachelor Honours or Masters level may receive credit towards the MRes for a maximum of 50% of the program.

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