Domestic pathway

Domestic pathway

The Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (BPhil/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 two-year full-time Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (BPhil/MRes) program replaces most honours programs as the main pathway to a PhD at Macquarie University.

The Master of Research equips students with intensive research preparation before beginning doctoral study. Consistent with the 'Bologna model', this program enables students to complete a PhD in three years.

In Year 1, domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if they are eligible. In Year 2, domestic students are enrolled in the Master of Research (MRes).

Combining advanced disciplinary coursework and structured research training, the Master of Research program provides graduates with greater recognition for their academic progress, enhanced employment opportunities and pathways to further study overseas.

What you will study

The BPhil/MRes program consists of 32 credit points in Year 1 and 32 credit points in Year 2. Students have access to a range of units from a variety of subject areas across the University. This allows the construction of a program relevant to your specific interests, subject to academic approval. Domestic students may study part-time, but part-time students will not be eligible for the stipend.

Year One

Year 1 units are advanced undergraduate coursework including study of research frontiers in the discipline.

  • 6 x 4 credit point units of advanced disciplinary content
  • 1 x 4 credit point Research Communications unit
  • 1 x 4 credit point Research Frontiers unit, where candidates survey the key ground-breaking and innovative research issues in their field.

More information on specific units of study

Click here to see example enrolment patterns and supplementary information for Year 1.

Candidates who successfully complete the requirements of Year 1 of the program and decide not to continue into Year 2 may be awarded a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil).

Candidates who complete the requirements of the BPhil at a satisfactory level and would like to continue into Year 2 will be offered a place in the Master of Research with advanced standing for the study undertaken in the BPhil, and will not be awarded a BPhil.

Year Two

Year 2 units are at the Masters postgraduate program level specialising in research preparation and experience in a specific research topic at the sub-discipline level.

The Year 2 program is based around five core activities:

  • Research Frontiers 2
  • Literature Review
  • Research Methods
  • Research Planning
  • Thesis (20,000 words) based on a small research project

Since research varies in different fields, each department has a program based on its own practices and style.

On successful completion of the two-year program, candidates will be awarded the Master of Research degree.

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