Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Education or Social Work
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) involves research and advanced coursework. Students undertaking this degree are assigned a supervisor and, usually, an associate supervisor.
The degree is available either full-time or part-time. Full-time candidature is usually completed in two years, part-time candidates are permitted to take up to four years.
MPhil students are required to complete a probationary year and produce an extended research plan at the end of that year. Examination is by presentation of a thesis of approximately 30,000 words.
Applicants must hold or have completed the requirements for:
MPhil in Education
- a bachelor’s degree with honours in an appropriate area of study from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
- a Master of Education by coursework from the University of Sydney with a weighted average mark of at least 75 percent, or equivalent qualification.
MPhil in Social Work
- a Bachelor of Social Work with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
- a Master of Social Work from the University of Sydney with a weighted average mark of at least 70 percent, or equivalent qualification
- at least one year of full-time employment in the field of social work.
MPhil candidates are required to complete:
- one core unit of study (6 credit points);
- one elective unit of study (6 credit points) as recommended by the supervisor; and
- a thesis of approximately 30,000 words.
Core units of study
Elective units of study
- Qualitative Methods (EDPK5001)
- Quantitative Methods (EDPK5002) This unit of study not available in 2017
Continuing to higher research
MPhil candidates will be permitted to transfer to a PhD provided:
- their extended research plan is approved; and
- they complete at least part of the research they proposed for their MPhil, including analysing data and writing up the results into a doctoral-qualifying paper that is reviewed and approved by their thesis-proposal committee.