Master of Philosophy - Arts and Sciences (By Research)

The University of Notre Dame Australia

The Master of Philosophy is a postgraduate research degree comprising both coursework and a substantial research component culminating in the submission of a dissertation. The coursework is comprised of four coursework units to be completed as a prerequisite to the student's individual research project. The coursework units will provide opportunities for candidates to formulate substantial elements of their planned research (e.g. topic refinement, identification and justification of the preferred research method(s), preparation of a draft proposal) and to develop personal competencies in critical analysis and scholarly writing relevant to their profession. Within some faculties, a compulsory sequence of units exists. The structure of the degree in these cases is as follows: Coursework component (1/3 of degree; 0.5 year full-time study); quantitative research methods; qualitative research methods; independent reading unit; developing a Research Proposal Research component (2/3 of degree; 1 year full-time study).

Course Fee:

Australian: $48,994
International: $60,253

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree from a recognised university, which has been completed at a high credit standard and which demonstrates the applicant's potential to undertake and complete research-based study; or an equivalent academic background or extensive professional experience that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Masters level


1 semester of research methodology followed by 2 semesters completing the research component.

Subjects you can Study:

Philosophy-arts and sciences

Further information:

Selection is based on a candidate's qualification and the availability of professionally qualified university staff to provide high quality research supervision. Before submitting an application, students are encouraged to explore academic biographies to identify potential supervisors.

Who for:

Students seeking to undertake a research based Masters qualification without having completed an Honours program

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 01032F

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Fremantle No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
Sydney No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
Sydney No info Yes Part time 3 years
Fremantle No info Yes Part time 3 years

The University of Notre Dame Australia is a leading and distinctive Australian university, a status reflected by consistent 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide over the past 12 years.

A national Catholic university, with over 12,500 students, Notre Dame provides an exceptional educational experience, with Campuses in Fremantle and Broome in WA and in Sydney, NSW. Notre Dame has seven rural medical schools in NSW and Victoria.

Why study with us

Notre Dame's distinctive approach to education has been recognised by the best critics of all – our students – as the best in Australia for overall quality of educational experience in the nationwide Federal Government survey.

Our Sydney Campus is located in the vibrant inner city suburb of Chippendale while the Nursing and Medical Schools in Darlinghurst are located just metres from St Vincent’s Hospital. Our Fremantle Campus – located south of Perth in the port city’s West End, reflects the ‘town university’ ambience of the great European universities. 

Professional experience and employability

Notre Dame is a national leader when it comes to preparing graduates for a successful career. In the latest Federal Government’s Employer Satisfaction Survey – where business and industry leaders have their say on the quality of university graduates – Notre Dame achieved first in WA and NSW for overall employer satisfaction. 

Students learn from academics who have years of professional experience and who are at the forefront of the latest industry trends. One of the hallmarks of a Notre Dame degree is the hands-on learning integrated into all programs. Students graduate with both professional contacts and experience on their CV. Notre Dame has one of the highest graduate employment rates (79.1%), well above the national average (70.6%).

Study Abroad

Study Abroad opportunities are offered through partner institutions located in Europe, North America and Asia. Short-term cultural immersion programs take students to destinations such as Cambodia, India, Timor-Leste, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

A liberal arts education

Degrees are offered in a broad range of disciplines in the following Schools: Arts & Sciences; Business; Education; Health Sciences; Law; Medicine; Nursing & Midwifery; Philosophy & Theology; and Physiotherapy.

Employers seek graduates who can think critically, creatively and compassionately. Every Notre Dame student is encouraged to develop these skills through the Core Curriculum courses in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology which are integrated into all undergraduate degrees. Students are encouraged consider how they can achieve their career ambitions while building a better world.

Admission and selection 

Our personalised admissions goes beyond an ATAR score. It considers a student’s personal qualities, motivation to study, academic potential and contribution to school, work experience or community life, in addition to their academic record. A discussion with an academic member of staff gives students the opportunity to fully explore their study options and career goals.

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