Master of Philosophy - Engineering (By Research)

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Master of Philosophy comprises 24 credit points of coursework and a 72 credit points' thesis. Academic units may award advanced standing for the coursework component of the degree and will determine the appropriate entry point. This is a program of specialised research training. The thesis is examined by two examiners with no more than one being internal. Visit UOW's Research and Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, visit the Faculty's research pages.


24 credit points of coursework and a 72 credit point thesis. Students may be required to attend lectures on relevant topics from time to time throughout the program.


  • Engineering-civil
  • Engineering-environmental
  • Engineering-mining
  • Engineering-materials
  • Engineering-mechanical
  • engineering-mechatronic

Standard entry requirements

  • Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4. Research related and professional experience will also be considered when assessing qualifications. The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Philosophy based on academic results, research and professional experience. Candidates with a coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Masters of Philosophy. Special Admission Requirements All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should: commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work
  • Contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course
  • And conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course. Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

Study pathways

Advanced standing may be awarded for the coursework component of the degree.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Innovation Campus No
Wollongong Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Wollongong.

This course is Student Contribution exempt for domestic students under the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

Further information

Wollongong has a distinguished engineering research reputation, particularly in collaboration with industry, both in Australia and internationally. This world-class research has led to the creation of a number of Centres of Excellence, which has attracted a critical mass of researchers engaged in significant, well-funded projects with superior equipment infrastructure. This concentration of high-quality research has ensured that Engineering at UOW is part of the Go8 - Group of Eight & Associates, the top research faculties in Australia. Engineering research is supported by well-equipped laboratories and workshops and a highly skilled team of support staff. There is a major off-campus facility for large scale projects and pilot plant development. The use of resources by external collaborators from industry is encouraged and enquiries are invited. PhD scholars have significant freedom in their choice of project and the way the research is conducted and so such studies provide a significant opportunity to make an original contribution to the core of engineering knowledge. Even to those who eventually intend to become managers of engineering enterprises, the skills in problem-solving, the ingenuity of experimentation and the critical analysis of results, all of which are acquired in a research degree, are immensely valuable.

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