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Master of Philosophy

Program code: 7500
CRICOS code: See Visa requirements for more information.

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, Ipswich, St Lucia


1.5 to 2 years full-time


Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2018)
Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2018)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2018)
Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2018)

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
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2018)
    Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2018)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2018)
    Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, Ipswich, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


Please refer to information contained on the Graduate School website.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Philosophy are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

The CRICOS code for your visa application will depend on what discipline you are studying. Different disciplines have different CRICOS codes:

  • 085241B – (arts, humanities, social sciences, business, economics, law)
  • 085242A – (agriculture, land and food sciences, veterinary sciences)
  • 085243M – (science, engineering, information technology, architecture)
  • 085244K – (health and behavioural sciences, medicine, biomedical sciences)
  • 085245J – (clinical research in health and behavioural sciences, medicine, biomedical sciences, veterinary sciences)

You should discuss your proposed project with a relevant faculty, school or institute to determine which CRICOS code is most relevant for your visa application.

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.


Tuition fees for the Master of Philosophy vary according to your academic field and attendance mode.

Tuition fees need to be paid each research quarter. A full list of fees for international students is available.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

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

Find out more about applying for higher degree by research study.

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Important dates

You can submit an application for the Master of Philosophy at any time.

Unlike our other degrees, the academic year for research students is divided into quarters.

You can begin studying during 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.

A precise commencement date will be included on your offer of admission.

Relevant dates include:


  • 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

A full list of relevant dates, including scholarship deadlines, is available from the Graduate School.

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