How to Apply for 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.

Admission criteria

All Master of Research applicants must have:

  • successfully completed a Bachelors degree or a Masters degree; and
  • achieved an Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65 in their most recent degree.

Your admission average mark (AAM) can be calculated by adding all the 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 5 years old, demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline will be considered at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Studies.

Find a supervisor

It is recommended that you have confirmed an academic supervisor at the time of application, however, this is not a requirement in order to apply.

You are required to contact the HDR Director in the School or Research Institute relevant to your research area to assist you in identifying a potential academic supervisor. Your formal supervision will be finalised during the first year of the program.

Closing dates

Applications for the Master of Research are accepted all year round. 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 2017 are closed.
  • Applications to commence in 2H 2017 close on 26 April 2017 for international applicants.
  • Applications to commence in 2H 2017 close on 12 May 2017 for domestic applicants.

All late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis with priority given to applications received on time.

Application process

Local and international students may apply at any time using the Online Application Form.(opens in a new window) You will be required to submit a Statement of Intent (PDF, 90.3 KB)(opens in a new window) with you application and provide the details of up to two potential academic mentors.

Further enquiries

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