Master of Philosophy

Master of Philosophy


Our Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a two year full-time equivalent research degree consisting of an externally assessed thesis with a maximum length of 50,000 words.

An MPhil is awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate’s thesis has the capacity to:

  • make a contribution to knowledge in the area with which it deals by presenting new facts
  • make a contribution to knowledge in the area with which it deals by demonstrating an independent critical ability to evaluate existing material in a new light
  • is satisfactory as regards to literary presentation, and
  • contains material suitable for publication.

A candidate's program of study will be supervised by eligible academic staff members consisting of a principal and associate supervisor. External adjunct supervisors maybe appointed who have demonstrated expertise in the area.


MPhil candidates receive up to $5,000 for project support over their candidature time. This funding assists with costs relating to:

  • Fieldwork
  • Research visits
  • Academic conferences
  • Data sets, and
  • Copy editing, thesis printing and binding.

MPhil candidates can also apply for up to $5,000 in competitive funding through the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF).

In addition to Faculty and University funding, there are university-wide scholarships available that provide a tuition fee offset for up to three years, and a yearly $27,082 (2018 rate) tax free stipend (living allowance) including:

  • Research Training Program scholarships (RTP) and Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) for domestic candidates, and
  • International Research Training Program scholarships (iRTP) and International Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship program (iMQRES) for international candidates.

MPhil graduates find employment opportunities in:

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Financial institutions
  • Management and senior research positions in various industries, as well as in organisations that set national and international research agendas, norms and standards, articulate evidence-based policy options, and monitor trends

Entry requirements

Refer to the Higher Degree Research Office website.

Dedicated rooms and facilities, including individual lockers for HDR students, are available in the Faculty building. The University library also provides designated HDR space.

Length of candidature

The minimum period of candidature is one year and the maximum period is two years for full-time candidates and four years for part-time candidates. Extensions may be granted in special circumstances, but may be subject to an out of time (OOT) fee.

Part-time candidates must be able to spend on average throughout the year at least 20 hours a week on a program of research and advanced study and attend the University on an average of at least once a week for consultation with their supervisors.

Fees and costs/scholarships

More information

  • To find an available research supervisor please lodge an Expression of Interest in PhD study.
  • Don't qualify for entry into the PhD program? Find out about our pathway program being the Master of Research.

Content owner: Macquarie Business School Last updated: 08 May 2019 12:33am

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