Research degrees

In postgraduate research courses, students undertake a supervised research project leading to the production of a thesis.

Postgraduate research degrees appeal to different people for different reasons. You may want to:

  • investigate and explore in depth a specialised area of interest;
  • demonstrate your capability to apply sustained effort and intellectual rigor to a complex problem;
  • differentiate yourself from the masses and receive professional parity with clinical peers;
  • advance your career: a postgraduate research degree can help progress your career and obtain roles in government and industrial research and developmental organisations.


Students of the BMRI can enrol in postgraduate research degrees available in a variety of fields such as science, health sciences, medicine, nursing and psychology.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a thesis-based research degree that allows students to explore an area of research interest in depth. It takes a minimum of three years' full-time or six years' part-time study to complete.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time research degree that combines a research project with some coursework. It is generally taken by people who already have a research project in mind – with a defined topic, study population and research method – and are looking to provide an academic context for their project.

More information

Visit the University's Courses website for details on each degree and how to apply.