Higher Degrees by Research

Master of Philosophy

CRICOS 096609F
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What is a Master of Philosophy?

The Master of Philosophy provides a postgraduate qualification for those seeking to enhance their skills in the professional domain of research. The Master of Philosophy provides research training through coursework and a research project, culminating in a minor thesis.
The core structure of the course has been designed with an underpinning of adult learning theory to promote collaboration and critical thinking on the part of the student. This delivers a challenging, engaging, and integrated learning experience for students. Knowledge and skills are both scaffolded within each subject and is built throughout the course.

Graduates of the Master of Philosophy (MPHIL21) will have knowledge and skills for research, professional practice, and further learning. They will have an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice. They will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories. Graduates will be able to independently undertake research projects.

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Learning outcomes

  • Critically reflect, synthesise and evaluate a substantial body of knowledge in the chosen field of study to demonstrate a high level of personal and professional autonomy.
  • Apply critical thinking, digital literacy and problem-solving skills to search and critically appraise the existing literature in order to develop a framework for your research project.
  • Apply an advance knowledge of research principles and methods in making a substantial contribution in the context of your discipline.
  • Ethically plan and execute original research project that demonstrate the capacity to scope, design and conduct research projects independently.
  • Use appropriate and coherent communication skills to report, present, publish and disseminate research data and findings to peers and the community.
  • Exhibit professional skills including leadership, reflective practice, ongoing learning and accountability by planning and executing an original research project in the chosen field of study.
Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
2 years full time, 4 years part time
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Philosophy have a bright future. They will have demonstrated their preparedness for a career in research and analysis within government, higher education, research centres and private enterprises. Graduates will have demonstrated intellectual leadership, positioning them for roles such as those in the following areas:

  • Policy research
  • Research projects
  • Research & development
  • Academic research
  • Industry and government advising
  • Further study, including the Professional Doctorate or PhD

Heather Allanson | PHD Higher Degrees by Research | Torrens University Australia
This course has exceeded my expectations. I never thought on the day I started studying nursing I’d be researching models of care and policy in the Netherlands, Canada and Scotland.
Heather Allanson
Master of Philosophy

Subjects and units

Delivered both on campus and online, this course comprises of five core subjects, one elective subject and 10 thesis units, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed. Assessments may include activity-based assignments or online quizzes. There are no formal exams.

  • Core
  • Thesis
  • Electives

Core subjects

  • Critical Literature Review | RES611
  • Developing the Research Proposal | RES612
  • Methodology and Design | RES613
  • Preliminary Research Thesis (Pre-requisite RES611) | RES614
  • Research Communication | RES615

Thesis subjects

  • Thesis Unit | THE601 to THE610

Elective subjects

  • Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health | PUBH6013
  • Biostatistics | STAT6200

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Research project

The Master of Philosophy is comprised of independent research under the guidance of experienced supervisors, culminating in the submission of a thesis. You will be required to provide an Expression of Interest and a Research Proposal as part of your initial application.

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer partial scholarships for both international and domestic students undertaking HDR. Please discuss these options with international and domestic admissions on application. Eligible students can also apply for the Research Training Program scholarship (RTP). Full details are available in our RTP Scholarship Application Form. Once complete, email to HDR@torrens.edu.au

Admission criteria

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian bachelor's degree (Honours) or equivalent

OR

Australian bachelor's degree (with credit average) or equivalent

OR

Australian graduate diploma or masters by coursework (with credit average) or equivalent

OR

Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer partial scholarships for both international and domestic students undertaking HDR. Please contact the HDR Office at hdr@torrens.edu.au for more information.

Admission criteria

Australian bachelor's degree (Honours) or equivalent

OR

Australian bachelor's degree (with credit average) or equivalent

OR

Australian graduate diploma or masters by coursework (with credit average) or equivalent

OR

Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirements may be available. Alternative entry may include assessment and approval of prior study, or successful completion of a readiness assessment. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

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How to apply

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