Higher Degrees by Research

Master of Research Studies

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What is a Master of Research Studies?

A Master of Research Studies offers advanced theoretical and technical skills in research management. Students will learn how to contribute to new knowledge through research, and improve professional practice in research proposal writing, ethics, data collection and specific method choices to support projects in advanced professional practice.

Graduates at this level will gain advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills. You will learn to analyse, critically evaluate, and transform information that aids in solving complex business, social or environmental problems.

Throughout your studies you will gain the capacity to apply knowledge and well-developed judgement, to demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and responsibility as a research practitioner.


Learning outcomes

  • Gain the skills required to undertake research, critical problem solving, and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Understand the different research methodologies, usage and associated forms of data.
  • Develop the necessary skills in planning, conducting, analysing, and reporting for a research project.
  • Learn the essential skills in academic writing, authorship, the conventions of academic writing and research communication.
  • Apply practice in developing a business case for commercialisation of an idea resulting from research.
Study mode
On campus, Blended
Campus locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Course duration
2 years full time, part-time options available
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

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

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Take your credits with you into a Master, Doctor or Professional Doctorate qualification.
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Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Research Studies have a bright future. They will have demonstrated their preparedness for a career in research management 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

I am delighted to be leading the research strategy development and implementation at Torrens University Australia. We have created a distinctive research ecosystem establishing our unique position within the national and international research communities. Our Strategic Research Plan 2021-2025 is informed by our citizenship principles where we advocate using our institutions’ collective skills to create positive and lasting change towards a better world. The Torrens Research Way is multi, cross, trans and interdisciplinary and highly responsive to our partners, users and stakeholders of our research.
Professor Kerry London
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Subjects and units

This course comprises 16 subjects. You will need to complete 8 core subjects and 8 level 500 courses from the Elective list. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • 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 (Pre-requisite RES611) | RES615
  • Leading Research Innovation and Commercialisation | RES616
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health | PUBH6013

Select one

Choose one of these Core subjects.

  • Biostatistics | STAT6200
  • Statistics for Financial Decisions | STAT6003

Elective subjects

  • Research and Innovation | DSGN6029
  • User Research | DSG407
  • Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence | MFA501
  • Machine Learning | MLN601
  • Deep Learning | DLE602
  • Design Futures | DSGN6028
  • Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health | PUBH6000
  • Global and Environmental Health Issues | PUBH6002
  • Health Systems and Economics | PUBH6003
  • Epidemiology | PUBH6005
  • Health Policy and Advocacy | PUBH6001
  • Design Thinking | DTH501
  • Dynamic Leadership | MGT601
  • Business Decision Analytics | MGT602
  • Economic Principles and Decision Making | ECON6000
  • Systems Thinking | MGT603
  • Business Law and International Contexts | MGT608
  • Risk Management | MGT612
  • Corporate Sustainability | MGT613
  • Technology Strategy | MGT614
  • Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000
  • Business Process Management and Systems | PROJ6009
  • Managing Information Systems/Technology Projects | PROJ6012
  • Foundations of Information Systems | MIS500
  • Social Enterprise | DSGN6031
  • Foundations in Business Analysis | BANASD600
  • Visual Analytics and Storytelling | BANASD602 
  • Organisational Best Practice | MGT610
  • Strategic Management | MGT604

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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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Graduate Certificate courses ( 2 options )
  • Master of Research Studies

    Domestic students only

    8 core subjects
    On campus | Blended
    2 years full time, part-time options available

Higher Degrees by Research

  • Higher Degree by Research ( 2 options )
    • Master of Philosophy
      View course
    • Professional Doctorate Research
      View course

      *Students must meet the eligibility requirements of a higher award for entry
      *Students who meet eligibility can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy

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Research project

The Master of Research Studies comprises independent research under the guidance of experienced supervisors, culminating in the submission of a preliminary research thesis. As part of your studies, you will complete eight general electives where you can tailor your research to the Fields of Education and Fields of Research of interest. This could be in the realm of Machine Learning, Corporate Sustainability, Systems Thinking, Artificial Intelligence or Public Health amongst others.

Entry details


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


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


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.

A completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent;
A completed coursework masters
A minimum of five years relevant professional experience AND Graduate Certificate;
Graduate Certificate of Research Studies

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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.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

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