Master of Research

Course structure

Stage 1 of the program involves intensive coursework where you will engage with your peers and academics in an interdisciplinary environment. The coursework is designed to help you build your skills as a researcher, master the art of knowledge translation and develop a strong research proposal.

You will undertake core units including:

  • Researcher Development 1: Reading, Writing, and the Business of Research
  • Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
  • Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research

You will undertake these subjects as well as a range of electives within your discipline of choice to develop deep knowledge of both theory and research methods.

The coursework structure is outlined in our handbook where you can find more information about the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Stage 2 of the program involves completing your own research project under the supervision of an academic expert in your area of research. Your project will focus on the development of a 25,000-word thesis that will be externally examined.

Fees and delivery


Stage 1: Domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme (eligibility conditions apply).

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Scholarship support is available for domestic students. Visit our frequently asked questions for more information.

Stage 2: Domestic higher degree research candidates are provided with a funded place in the degree under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

There are overtime fees for higher degree research studies where RTP and Western Sydney University has been exceeded. 

Delivery: On campus

Fees: International Master of Research fees are applied based on your area of study.

The fee for the Master of Research depends on your study area for:

Humanities, Arts and Social Science: AUD$24,760*
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: AUD $31,616*

*Refer to the International Research Fees Schedule for more information.

Delivery: On campus

Find out more

We are excited about the interest around our Master of Research (MRes) degree and have compiled a list of answers to some of the most common enquiries, as well as information around some of the available research projects.



Start your unlimited journey today.

"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.