Master of Research

Research at Western

The program builds on the academic background gained in your undergraduate education and welcomes you into a vibrant research culture.

In the first year you will be exposed to an exciting combination of advanced research methods and disciplinary coursework while concurrently developing a research proposal. You will master the art of academic communication while engaging with issues associated with research ethics and integrity.

In the second year you will produce a Research Masters thesis under the supervision of an academic who is a specialist in your research area.

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

In Year 1 of this course domestic students will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies, they will then be transferred after the completion of Year 1 into either 8084 Master of Research (High Cost) or 8085 Master of Research (Low Cost), depending on your research discipline area.

In Year 1 of this course International students are enrolled straight into 8084 Master of Research (High Cost) and 8085 Master of Research (Low Cost), depending on your research discipline area. 


Fees and delivery


Year 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 if they are eligible.

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Year 2: As a Domestic (HDR) student you are usually provided with a funded government place under the Research Training Program.

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: On campus



Fees: 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 $30,110*

Delivery: On campus



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.

Apply now and start your unlimited journey.

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.