Master of Philosophy (By Research)

University of Newcastle

Students of this program undertake a two year self-directed research project under the supervision of expert academics in their chosen discipline. The research results in the production of a thesis which is examined and approved externally to the University. The University of Newcastle offers the Master of Philosophy in a vast range of disciplines. The only real constraint on the range of topics that may be studied is the availability of supervision at the University. The MPhil is often seen as a lower level research higher degree than a PhD, however many students upgrade to PhD during the course of their research program.

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate program; some background in research is also desirable


This is a 2 year self-directed research project. Students are expected to give a presentation to an academic board sometime in the first year of their enrolment to demonstrate their progress and be confirmed in the program. Students are expected to work closely with their supervisors in the review of existing knowledge in the field and in the preparation of their contribution to new knowledge, their thesis. There is scope for students to undertake a limited amount of advanced coursework to complement their research.

Subjects you can Study:

Aboriginal health studies; Aboriginal studies; Accounting and finance; Anatomical pathology; Anatomy; Architecture; Behavioural sciences; Biological sciences; Building; Chemical engineering; Chemistry; Civil engineering; Classics; Clinical pharmacology; Communication and media arts; Community medicine and clinical epidemiology; Computer engineering; Computer science; Cultural studies; Design; Drama; Economics; Education; Electrical engineering; English; Environmental and occupational health; Environmental engineering; Environmental science; Exercise and sport science; Experimental pharmacology; Fine art; Food science; General practice; Geology; History; Human geography; Human physiology; Immunology and microbiology; Information systems; Information technology; Law; Leisure and tourism studies; Linguistics; Management; Marine science; Mathematics; Mechanical engineering; Medical biochemistry; Medical genetics; Medical physics; Medical radiation science; Medicine; Modern languages; Music; Natural history illustration; Nursing; Nutrition and dietetics; Occupational therapy; Oral health; Paediatrics; Pharmacy; Philosophy; Physical geography; Physics; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Politics; Psychiatry; Psychology; Religious studies; Reproductive medicine; Social inclusion; Social work; Sociology and anthropology; Software engineering; Speech pathology; Statistics; Surgical sciences; Surveying; Sustainable resource management; Theology

Who for:

Students wishing to research and specialise in a specific discipline

Related Careers:

Medical Practitioner,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info No Part time 4 years
Callaghan No info No Full time 2 years
Ourimbah No info No Part time 4 years
Ourimbah No info No Full time 2 years

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