The Master of Research (MRes) is an internationally recognised postgraduate research training degree that will make you competitive in achieving your future academic and career aspirations in the exciting world of research.
This degree provides you with the experience and expert knowledge you need to confidently approach PhD studies and a research career.
Note: Elective units may be taught across different campuses, depending on your area of research. Please review the handbook for more information.
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:
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).
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
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As a Master of Research graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in settings such as:
- Market and consumer research
- Policy analysis, research and development
- Technology research and development
- Public relations
- University teaching or administration
As a research assistant, you will be responsible for providing support to researchers in a university, government department or independent research institute. You may assist with writing scientific reports, coordinating research activities or providing technical support.
As a laboratory technician, you will be responsible for supporting research activities in a clinic or research facility. You may assist with preparing specimens, carrying out tests and analysis, and maintaining equipment.
As a market researcher, you will be responsible for collecting and analysing data and making recommendations based on your findings. Potential employers include industry, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.
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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.