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Masters by Research

A Masters degree by research is generally available to students who have a recognised undergraduate degree.

While a Masters degree by research provides the groundwork or foundations for an understanding of the process of conducting research, it is generally structured towards developing an increased understanding of the knowledge of the discipline under investigation. This is achieved by conducting a research project which can be very theoretical but is usually more pragmatic in orientation.

Many part-time students doing a Masters by research degree choose topics that are directly related to their work. This makes it easier to manage your time, can help justify employer contributions to your studies, and, ensures your focus is maintained.

The topic can be developed between you or your employer in conjunction with your supervisor/s.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD requires the development of independent research skills and the ability to apply these skills to a specific research topic. Admission to candidature is granted to students who possess a Bachelors degree with first or second class honours, or a Masters degree where at least half of the assessment was based upon a thesis or dissertation.

Evidence of professional qualifications at a level that is satisfactory to the Higher Degrees committee that the applicant possesses the educational preparation and capacity to pursue graduate studies is required.

A full-time candidate should aim to submit a thesis for examination in three to four years, part-time candidates in five to six years.

More Information

If you are interested in undertaking research within our School, we offer the Master of Science (Research) and the Doctor of Philosophy, and can provide research supervision in a broad range of areas. Enquiries from prospective research degree students are welcomed and applications may be made throughout the year.

Please contact the School of Health and Human Sciences on (02) 6626 9359 or email healthhdr@scu.edu.au

Information is also available from the Graduate School.