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 as defined by the Higher Degree Research Rules 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

For information about admission requirements, please see the Master of Philosophy Entry Requirements.

Content owner: HDR Research Training and Partnerships Last updated: 05 Sep 2019 4:10pm

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