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Master of  Philosophy

Program code: 7500

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, St Lucia


1.5 to 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2019)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2019)

Why study the Master of Philosophy

The aim of the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills in candidates. On completion of the period of research, the student should possess the ability to formulate a significant problem, mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological frameworks, and the capacity for articulate and critical analysis. The MPhil thesis provides evidence of significant research as the culmination of 1.5-2 years full-time equivalent study and research training.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 to 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
    Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2019)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
    Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Please refer to information contained on the Graduate School website.

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Program structure

Students in the Master of Philosophy are expected to research, develop and write a substantial thesis that makes an original contribution to their field.

During your candidature, you’ll usually work under the guidance of two supervisors (sometimes more), who have expertise in your thesis topic. You should meet regularly with your supervisors – a schedule will need to be worked out after you enrol.

Writing a thesis is a challenging process and can take a number of years. You will need to work diligently to keep within the specified time frame. During your studies, we encourage you to participate in the University’s research life by attending different guest lectures, seminars, speaking events, and conferences.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Philosophy have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


Tuition fees for the Master of Philosophy vary according to your academic field and attendance mode. Please consult the HDR fees table for more information.


Higher degree by research students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, private donors, international organisations, or other sources.

The UQ Graduate School has an annual scholarship budget of nearly $40 million and coordinates a competitive, merit-based process for awarding scholarships.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website and the Graduate School website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Philosophy can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

You can submit an application at any time.

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Additional application information

Applications must be lodged with the proposed enrolling school or institute, who will forward on to the UQ Graduate School. Further information on the application process can be found on the UQ Graduate School website.

There is no application fee for research higher degree programs.

For program entry requirements please refer to information contained on the UQ Graduate School website.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements apply, please refer to information contained on the UQ Graduate School websiteand the English proficiency policy.

Important dates

The academic year for research students is divided into quarters and you can start in any research quarter, as long as the Census Date hasn't passed.

If the Census Date has passed, you will need to wait for the beginning of next research quarter before commencing your studies.

The agreed start date will be included on your offer of admission.

For more information about research quarter dates, visit the Graduate School website .


  • 1
    Research Quarter 1 Begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 1 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 2 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 2 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 3 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 3 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 4 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 4 census date

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