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.
Further course information
Further information about research courses
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
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
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.
Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.
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
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Applied Science holds;
* A relevant bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or
other Australian university or from an overseas institution of
higher education, equivalent to an Australian bachelor's
* Present such evidence of general or academic qualifications
as will satisfy the faculty that you possess the educational
preparation and capacity to pursue graduate studies.
It is possible for students who are progressing well with their research program to apply to transfer to the Doctor of Philosophy program. Such a transfer should be discussed with the candidate's supervisor.
Applying for admission
To apply for a research degree, you may be expected to contact the appropriate faculty with an expression of interest before submitting a formal application. When you submit a formal application online, you will be required to upload some or all of the following documents electronically with your application:
(i) a certified academic transcript or transcripts for your previous study, if they were not completed at The University of Sydney;
(ii) a CV, providing a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities;
(iii) up to two academic references (international applicants);
(iv) a research proposal;
(v) a one page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying;
(vi) 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);
(vii) English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).
Some courses have further, specific admission requirements, including other documentation or the submission of a portfolio of work, and/or an interview as part of the application process - see Additional application requirements
Additional application requirements
Ensure that you have a clear idea of what topic area you want to research during your candidature. Prepare a 500-word research proposal to submit with your application. Your research proposal should include the following information:
TITLE: Working title for the thesis; ACADEMIC STAFF CONTACT: Name(s) of the supervisor or other academic staff with whom you have discussed your proposal and/or candidature; SYPNOSIS: Issues, research question and hypothesis to be investigated;
BACKGROUND: Description of the context and background reading leading to your interest in this research question; SIGNIFICANCE: Brief explanation why the research question is significant; METHODOLOGY: Research methodology or approach to be used; RESOURCES: Identify resources required to complete your research; WORK PLAN: An initial plan for completion with annual milestones.
Please note if you wish to pursue your candidature off-campus (within or outside Australia), you must complete an equivalent of one semester for a MAppSc 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.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, 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 2014 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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.
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.