Master of Research

Domestic

COURSE SNAPSHOT

Local
Delivery Mode On campus
Location Parramatta (elective units are taught across different campuses)
Duration 2F / 4P
Intake Information January and July
Credit Points

160 credit points:

- 80 credit points coursework
- 80 credit points higher degree research

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelors degree or a Masters degree. Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65 is also required.

Professional experience may be considered for entry into the program for those with qualifications older than 5 years, at the discretion of the Dean Graduate Studies.

Course Code 8083.1
Fee Information Year 1: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)


Year 2: Research Training Program (Tuition fees do not apply)
Research Degree Fees (opens in a new window)
Scholarships All full time domestic students are eligible for a scholarship.

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

International

COURSE SNAPSHOT

International
Delivery Mode On campus
Location Parramatta (elective units are taught across different campuses)
Duration

2F

Intake Information January and July
Credit Points

160 credit points:

- 80 credit points coursework
- 80 credit points higher degree research

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline with a credit average or above.
 
International English proficiency requirement
IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band) or equivalent

CRICOS Code

Master of Research (HC) [CRICOS Code 085507C]

Master of Research (LC) [CRICOS Code 085508B] 

Fee Information Tuition Fees apply

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

Details

The Master of Research at Western Sydney University is a research training degree that provides you with a pathway to PhD study and a future research career.

The Master of Research is an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification that will help you to pursue opportunities in academia, government, non-government organisations, research institutes and international organisations.

The Master of Research will give you:

  • An internationally recognised postgraduate qualification
  • Opportunities to work with leading researchers
  • Capacity to succeed in a research environment
  • Advanced research training skills and knowledge

The Master of Research degree is completed in 2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent.

The first year of the degree involves an intensive research training coursework program where you will engage with 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.

In the second year of the degree, you will take on a research project under the supervision of a specialist in your field to produce a 20,000 - 25,000 word research thesis.

In the first year, domestic candidates are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies as a Commonwealth supported student and you are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if you are eligible.

In the second year, domestic candidates are enrolled in the Master of Research which is funded by the Commonwealth Government's Research Training Program (RTP) and you are exempt from paying tuition fees.

International students are required to pay tuition fees. Further information about the fees payable can be found on the International student tuition fees page.

Applications are accepted throughout the year with the option to start in 1H (first-half) and 2H (second-half) sessions.

For more information about available units and timetabling, refer to the Handbook. (opens in a new window)

Units

The Master of Research is an interdisciplinary course that brings together a wide range of research areas across all Schools and Institutes at Western Sydney University.

The first year of the Master of Research involves a comprehensive research methodology, knowledge translation and advanced interdisciplinary coursework program. You will develop a research proposal, improve your academic literacy skills and engage with issues associated with research ethics and integrity. You are required to complete four core units and four elective units in the coursework year.

In the second year, you will undertake a supervised higher degree research project and produce a 20,000 – 25,000 word thesis. The second year also offers workshops, training and professional development opportunities.

For more information about the core and elective units as well as important admission information, visit:

Review the Course Admission and Subject Information

Career opportunities for the Master of Research

The Master of Research has been developed as a pathway to PhD study, providing an innovative research training framework to equip you with analytical, research and communication skills, making you highly competitive for careers in:

Industry and Business

Research assistant, consumer and social research, public relations, publishing, personnel work, training, marketing, human resources.

Community and Non-Profit Organisations

Administration, overseas aid and development agencies, social research, policy development, lobbying.

Government

Policy development and analysis, general administration, social research.

PhD study

Research assistant work, university teaching. After completion of your PhD you will be able to pursue postdoctoral or lectureship positions.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited about the interest around our new Master of Research degree and have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help answer some of the most common enquiries.

Further enquiries

For more information or advice about applying to study the Master of Research, contact the Graduate Research School at grs.mres@westernsydney.edu.au.