Master of Research

Master of Research


Our Master of Research (MRes) is a two year full-time equivalent research training degree consisting of research-based coursework in the first year, and an externally assessed and graded 20,000 word thesis in the second year.

A MRes is awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate’s thesis:

  • has adequately delineated the topic of concern by critically reflecting on current research in the relevant field
  • produces empirical outcomes or analytical evaluations that are clearly justified and that respond to or reflect on the relevant literature, and
  • is satisfactory as regards to literary presentation.

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

First year

The first year of the program consists of eight research oriented units, which are set at the advanced undergraduate coursework level. These are designed to enable students to develop the necessary research skills across a number of core elements, that will help facilitate completion of the thesis in the second year.

The year consists of a Research Communications unit [MRES700] that introduces students to the purpose of research, as well as academic conventions of style, and the philosophy of science,

Secondly, a Research Frontiers unit [FOBE710] within the specified discipline involves seminars that provide a forum for students to engage with leading edge research in their field. They will evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the work of other scholars, learn to think more clearly about their own work and develop the ability to critique research and scholarship in their chosen discipline.

Students are also required to complete two qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology units as part of the first year, in order to enable an understanding of the contexts in which quantitative and qualitative research can be undertaken and their ability to analyse, conduct, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative forms of research.

Students are also required to undertake four advanced discipline-specific units from the department in which they are enrolled in order to develop core knowledge within their research area.

Second year

The second year consists of a single research project with a maximum length of 15,000–20,000 words, at the Masters postgraduate level. It involves research preparation and experience in a specific research topic at the sub-discipline level, requiring candidates, at various junctures to:

  • extend their knowledge of research innovations in their discipline
  • survey the current literature relating to their research project
  • study the latest research methods in their field
  • receive training in project management
  • plan a major research project
  • complete a significant individual research pilot project.

Students receive an externally assessed percentage grade for their thesis, which provides the basis for entry into the MPhil and PhD.


MRes candidates receive up to $1,000 in Faculty funding for project support over their candidature time. This funding assists with costs relating to:

  • fieldwork,
  • research visits
  • data sets.

In addition to Faculty funding, second year (not first year) students may be eligible for University-wide scholarships that provide a tuition fee offset for up to 3 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 programs (iMQRES) for international candidates.

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 two years for full-time candidates and four years for part-time candidates.

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

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