How to Apply for Research Degrees

Master of Research

The Master of Research (MRes) is a two-year research training degree that provides you with a pathway to PhD study and a future research career. The first year is coursework and the second year is a supervised research project.

Step 1: Review the admission criteria

Western Sydney University must be satisfied that you are able to commence study at a suitable level for entry into the Master of Research. All Master of Research applicants must have:

  • successfully completed a Bachelor degree or a Masters degree; and
  • achieved an admission average mark equal to or above a minimum of 65 in their most recent degree.

You can calculate your admission average mark (AAM) by adding all your marks awarded for completed units in your degree, and then dividing the total by the number of units studied in the degree.

If your most recent qualification is more than five years old, demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline will be considered at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Studies.

Step 2: Contact the Higher Degree Research Director

All Master of Research applicants should contact the Higher Degree Research Director in a School or Institute relevant to your area of research interest to assist you in identifying a potential academic supervisor. You should send an email introducing yourself, describing your qualifications and experience, and a statement of intent (PDF, 90.3 KB)(opens in a new window) that clearly identifies your area of research interest.

It is recommended that you confirm an academic supervisor prior to submitting your application, however, this is not a requirement to apply. Your supervision will be finalised during the first year of the program.

Step 3: Prepare your documentation

You will be required to include the following information as part of your application:

  1. Certified copies of all tertiary graduation certificates and academic transcripts for degrees completed outside of Western Sydney University.
  2. Certified proof of citizenship status (passport, birth certificate, citizenship papers, etc.) or certified proof of residency status (Australian permanent residents only).
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency for applicants who completed their previous qualifications outside of Australia.
  4. A statement of intent (PDF, 90.3 KB)(opens in a new window) which clearly identifies your area of research interest and a potential academic supervisor (maximum of 250 words).
  5. Evidence of work experience relevant to your research interest (if applicable).

All copies of official documents must be certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.

Master of Research applicants are not required to submit a research proposal or research case.

Step 4: Submit your application

All applications must be submitted using the Online Application Form. Applications can be made at any time and there is no cost to apply.

Closing dates

You can apply to start in either the first half of the year (1H) or the second half of the year (2H).

  • Applications to commence in 1H 2018 close 26 November 2017 for international applicants.
  • Applications to commence in 1H 2018 close 19 January 2018 for domestic applicants.
  • Applications to commence in 2H 2018 close 15 April 2018 for international applicants.
  • Applications to commence in 2H 2018 close 13 May 2018 for domestic applicants.

Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis with priority given to applications received before the closing dates.

It may take 6-8 weeks to receive an outcome for your application. All offers of admission require agreement by the relevant School or Institute for the provision of supervision and resources.

Further enquiries

For more information or advice about applying for the Master of Research, please contact grs.mres@westernsydney.edu.au.