Master of Applied Science - Research

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Applied Science (MappSc) at the Faculty of Health Sciences provides candidates with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area, while enjoying an independent style of learning and freedom of expression in academic enquiry. On completion of the master’s degree, students may apply to continue on to obtain a PhD.

Studying for a MAppSc is a unique opportunity for students to advance their knowledge, develop and prove their ability, and expand their career prospects.

The MAppSc appeals to people for a variety of reasons. Candidates may want to:
- investigate ideas and areas that are currently unknown
- extend on an interest in research fostered through previous study
- demonstrate capacity for applying sustained effort and intellectual rigor to a complex issue
- develop clinical-based evidence to inform their practice
- differentiate themselves and receive professional parity with clinical peers
- learn from research leaders in their field
- career advancement - a MAppSc can assist career progression, particularly in industrial research, government, and developmental organisations.

Graduates of the MAppSc have the opportunity to pursue diverse career options, and it may surprise potential candidates that only 10% of people with research degrees in health sciences go on to work in academia.

Please note if you wish to pursue your candidature off-campus (within or outside Australia), you must complete an equivalent of at least two semesters of candidature for PhD, and one semester for a master’s by research within the University prior to submitting your thesis for examination. This period may be taken at any time during the candidature either continuously or in non-consecutive periods.

Further course information

Further information about research courses

http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/future_students/research_degrees/

Research at Sydney

Your research at Sydney

Research at The University of Sydney is dynamic and always evolving; inspiring the active mind and providing new tools and ways of thinking that lead to innovation. A postgraduate research degree is a training exercise in which the candidate acquires knowledge of research methods and experience in planning, performing and publishing research under the guidance of a supervisor. The success of that training is assessed through a thesis, which in the case of a PhD is expected to provide some evidence of originality and thereby make some significant contribution to knowledge, at least some of which is publishable. A successful research master’s thesis will likewise demonstrate a grasp of training in research methodology but may make a less original contribution than a doctoral thesis. Over the years, The University of Sydney has consistently outperformed other Australian universities in the measure of research performance used by the Australian Government to allocate funding. The numbers are impressive, but what really matters is the research this funding supports. This exceptional outcome is testament to the breadth, depth and scale of Sydney’s research enterprise and demonstrates the superior quality of Sydney researchers in the eyes of their research peers.

Supervision

The supervisor is that member of the academic or, as appropriate, senior research staff, appointed to take primary responsibility for the conduct of a student's research candidature. The supervisor must be available at all stages of the candidature for advice, assistance and direction and is responsible for the progress of the candidature to the head of department/school and the faculty or college. The Faculty provides quality supervision by well trained supervisors, many of whom are leaders in their field internationally. We also provide practical and logistical support such as a full time computer and an open plan or office space to work in, full time Professional Service Officers are available for practical research assistance, Research Advice Team offer invaluable advice on research issues and the Faculty funds many PhD and master's by research candidates to attend local and international conferences.

Scholarships

The University of Sydney offers a number of research scholarships to outstanding domestic and international students. Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and citizens of New Zealand are domestic applicants.

Domestic students:
Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) / University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) scholarships are University-wide research scholarships for local students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at an Australian university. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs. For more information visit: http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/research/

International students:
Scholarships available to international research students are administered by the International Office and include the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS). For more information visit: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/costs_scholarships/scholarships/index.shtml#iprs and http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/costs_scholarships/scholarships/index.shtml#usi

Faculty funding for research students:
The Faculty may make available up to $750 per year of Direct Research Costs (DRC) support to research students, upon written application by the student with support of the student's primary supervisor, and with Faculty approval.

Research related travel:
Research students may apply for travel support to attend national or international scientific conferences, if they are presenting an oral communication or poster presentation, through the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS), Grants-in-aid are also available to domestic students to provide students with travel grants to support short-term periods of research overseas. For more information visit http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/research/prss and http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/research/gia

About RTS

Domestic students are supported by the Federal Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS) which means there are currently no fees for domestic students. The RTS provides HECS exemptions for local Commonwealth-funded research higher degree students for up to 2 years full-time equivalent study for this course. RTS students may be enrolled full-time or part-time. For more information visit: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/domestic_postgraduate_research/costs_scholarships/costs.shtml

Progression and completion

Progression rules

A candidate for the Master of Applied Science will have an annual review of progress, in which the candidate will be required to provide evidence of progress in their research and towards the completion of their thesis. On the basis of the evidence provided, the faculty will recommend the conditions of candidature to apply in the following year, and may request a further review at the end of a semester.

If a candidate is not progressing satisfactorily towards the completion of the degree, they may be asked by the faculty to explain why their candidature should not be terminated.

Annual progress review

The Academic Board has determined that all research candidates are required to undertake an annual progress review (APR). The APR comprises a written report and a mandatory interview. The report requires written statements from the candidate, the supervisory panel, the staff member responsible for coordinating or directing research within the department, and the Chair of the review panel. The interview is conducted by the review panel, which should include the participation of an academic staff member or members from outside the department. Members of the candidate's supervisory panel may be present for part of the interview, but the interview must provide the candidate with the opportunity to speak freely to the review panel without the presence of supervisors. On the basis of evidence provided and the interview, the head of the department recommends the conditions of candidature to apply for the following year.

Completion requirements

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

Further study

It is possible to progress to a PhD during or on completion of this award based on academic merit. Please liaise with your research supervisor to progress to a PhD.

How to apply

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Applied Science (Research) you must have completed the equivalent of one of the following in a subject area related to your proposed research area:

• bachelor’s degree
• master’s degree by coursework

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the relevant supervisors and departments, and access to supervision remains highly competitive. The University must certify that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.

Applying for admission

1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.

2. Contact a research supervisor either through Research Supervisor Connect or email and provide:

• your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript
• your CV/resume
• the area of interest for your PhD
• why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor

3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal of at least 500 words that outlines the subject area, objectives and significance of your research following the guidelines provided.

4. If you wish to pursue your candidature off-campus, you are required to provide a written off-campus plan that includes the following:
• Timetable of research for 1st year.
• Statement of how often and when you are going to meet with your supervisors.
• When you plan to be on campus.

5. If you intend to study part-time towards a PhD, you will also need to supply:

• evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for a part-time PhD enrolment

• a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.

6. Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic referee reports, academic transcripts and other supporting documents.

7. Applications are made via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this page.

Please note - Except for IPRS and UsydIS scholarships for international students, you must complete a separate scholarship application

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the relevant supervisors and departments, and access to supervision remains highly competitive. The University must certify that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.

Additional application requirements

You will be required to upload all of the following documents when you submit your application:

• certified academic transcripts for all your previous tertiary study, if they were not completed at The University of Sydney

• CV, providing a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities

• cover letter outlining your reasons for applying

• evidence that your supervisor supports your application. This can be PDF copies of emails and correspondence between you and your supervisor

• research proposal

• statement of capacity to undertake part-time candidature (if applicable –domestic applicants)

• off-campus plan (if applicable)

• proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your visa)

• English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.