Master of Philosophy

Philosophy at Western

The depth of research required for a Master of Philosophy is less than that required for a Doctor of Philosophy. In some cases, it may be possible to upgrade from a Master of Philosophy to a Doctor of Philosophy.

Students with a demonstrable strong research training background or experience are advised to undertake the Master of Research.

The Master of Philosophy is completed within a minimum of 1 year full-time and a maximum of 2 years full-time, or the part-time equivalent.

Fees and delivery

Fees: As a Domestic (HDR) student you are usually provided with a funded government place under the Research Training Program.

As a PhD student this place is a maximum of four and half years full time.

As a Masters Honours student this place is a maximum of two and a half years full time.

There are overtime fees for Higher Degree Research studies where RTP and Western Sydney University funded EFTSL has been exceeded.

Delivery: Online


This course is only available to domestic students.

Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.



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"Master’s is great because you have the freedom to study what you want and project based units allow you to undertake your own design."

— Nicholas Ralph. Master of Research.

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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.