1. How to apply

1. How to apply

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Step 1: Entry requirements Step 2: Find a supervisor Step 3: Research proposal Step 4: Scholarships Step 5: Submit

Entry requirements by degree

Master of Research

The Master of Research (MRes) is Macquarie University's two year (equivalent full-time) research training pathway program to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil).  
The Master of Research equips students with intensive research preparation before beginning doctoral study. 
The minimum requirement for admission to an MRes degree is: 

  • Undergraduate degree from a recognised institution 
  • Minimum overall GPA of 4.38 on a 7 point scale and GPA of 5.25 at 300 level 
  • A research proposal (a short paragraph is sufficient). 
  • A high level of English language proficiency.   

Some disciplines may have additional admission requirements such as a portfolio of work or a higher level of performance in previous study. 

If you hold an honours degree or a masters degree you may apply for recognition of prior learning for up to 32 credit points for RPL. 

If you are seeking direct entry into Year 2 of the program your research proposal will be required to provide more detail (approximately a page describing your proposed project).

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) enables you to undertake extensive, independent research that forms a distinct contribution to the knowledge of your chosen subject. Your work should afford evidence of coherence and originality shown by the discovery of new facts.

The minimum requirement for admission to a PhD degree is:

  • Completion of a Master of Research (MRes) with a grade of at least a Distinction level (75% or greater in second year; or 
  • A Master of Philosophy; or 
  • A two-year Masters degree with a major research component at Distinction level (75% or greater). 

You must also demonstrate your suitability for entry to the program by:

Entry to a PhD will also be assessed on availability of appropriate supervision and resources.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a two year equivalent full-time program, 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 minimum requirement for admission to a MPhil degree is:

  • Completion of a Master of Research (MRes) with at least 65% in second year; or
  • A two-year Master degree with a major research component at Credit level (65% or greater). 

You must also demonstrate your suitability for entry to the program by:

Entry to an MPhil will also be assessed on availability of appropriate supervision and resources.

Doctor of Philosophy (Cotutelle and Joint PhD)

A Cotutelle and Joint PhD program is a PhD program where a candidate is jointly enrolled at two universities, and spends time at each university. A candidate is jointly supervised by academic/research staff at each institution and upon successful completion of the program, a candidate is able to graduate from both universities with a Doctor of Philosophy, or equivalent title.

Entry requirements for Cotutelle and Joint PhD are the same as for the Doctor of Philosophy.

English language requirements

Macquarie University requires all research candidates to have and maintain a high level of English language proficiency. 

You will need to demonstrate you have met the high level of English language proficiency through one of the following requirements:

One:
You have completed minimum of five years’ study in one or more of the following countries:

  • Australia 
  • Canada 
  • New Zealand 
  • South Africa 
  • Republic of Ireland 
  • United Kingdom 
  • United States of America

Please note:
Citizens, passport holders and permanent residents of the above listed English speaking countries are not exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency in the form of an acceptable English language test score unless they can show evidence of at least 5 years study in one or more of these countries.

Two:
You have a valid English language proficiency test. The test must not be more than two years old at the time of submitting your application to Macquarie University:

Tests Reading Listening Writing Speaking Overall
IELTS (academic) 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
TOEFL (computer based) 19 19 25 TWE 5.0 237
TOEFL (internet based) 17 18 22 23 92
TOEFL (paper based) 52 53 59
580

Please note:
All IELTS requirements refer to the academic test. Non-academic tests are not accepted.

If you are applying for a research degree in English, Law or Medicine, you will need to meet the required levels of English proficiency required by those programs. 

There are IELTS centres operating worldwide. Please check the location of the closest centre on the IELTS website.

Three:
You have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree in Australia (Australian Qualification Framework AQF7) or higher within two years of submitting your application.

If you are an onshore international applicant or a domestic applicant who is required to provide English language proficiency and wish to undertake further English language courses, you can contact our Macquarie English Language Centre for English course information.

Application timelines

Applications for a Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy can be accepted at any time. Master of Research applications have specific deadlines. 

Please check Important Dates for further information.

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