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 about 40,000 words.


Entry requirements

Admission is open to applicants who submit evidence of either of the following:

  • a three-year (pass) bachelor’s degree and four postgraduate-level units in an appropriate area of study with a grade-point average of at least 75 per cent

  • a grade-point average of at least 75 per cent in a completed master’s (coursework) degree.


Program structure

Education students in the MPhil must enrol in Developing a Research Project (EDPK5003).

Social Work MPhil candidates must enrol in Social Research (SCWK6902).

All MPhil candidates must complete at least one research unit from the following list.


Continuing to higher research

MPhil students will be permitted to transfer to a PhD provided:

  • their extended research plan is approved

  • they complete at least part of the research they proposed for their MPhil program, including analysing data and writing up the results into a doctoral-qualifying paper that is reviewed and approved by their thesis-proposal committee.