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Master of Philosophy

Overview

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised graduate research degree.

With guidance from your advisory team, you will undertake a significant research project and complete a 40,000-word thesis and an oral examination. In some circumstances your thesis may involve an alternate format.

The MPhil will take you 1.5 to 2 years to complete full time and will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and methodologies.

MPhil work is done independently and you will need a strong academic background to apply. You may need to submit a research proposal and other documents to support your application.

About 500 MPhil students join UQ each year researching a wide range of topics. Many MPhil candidates choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD.

Research areas

UQ is one of Australia’s top research-intensive universities. Our research addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.

UQ continually builds on its reputation in key research impact areas of national and international significance.

Learn more about UQ's research impact

Location
Gatton, Herston, St Lucia
Duration
1.5 to 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Research Quarter 1 (1 Jan, 2021), Research Quarter 2 (1 Apr, 2021), Research Quarter 3 (1 Jul, 2021), Research Quarter 4 (1 Oct, 2021)
Program Code
7500
AQF
Level 9
Location
Gatton, Herston, St Lucia
Duration
1.5 to 2 years full-time
Start Semester
Research Quarter 1 (1 Jan, 2021), Research Quarter 2 (1 Apr, 2021), Research Quarter 3 (1 Jul, 2021), Research Quarter 4 (1 Oct, 2021)
Program Code
7500
CRICOS Code
0100215
0100216
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Be inspired and challenged to explore new ideas and develop greater understanding of complex questions.
  • Access one of the country's largest libraries, with more than 2 million physical resources and 116,800+ journal subscriptions.
  • Foster and improve your skills through the Career Development Framework, created with industry.
  • Learn from researchers whose work addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.

32 in the world

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2021

51 in the world

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021

Supervision

You have to find and contact a thesis supervisor before you apply

This supervisor will support, guide and mentor you through your research, and can introduce you to professional networks that will start your career.

3-Minute Thesis

The showcase event for research candidates is the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT). 

3MT is held each spring.

Learn more about the 3MT

A UQ HDR student presents her research on stage during the Three-Minute Thesis competition.

Career development

UQ offers a range of development opportunities via the Career Development Framework (CDF) to help you develop portable skills for any career or industry.

Learn more about the CDF

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

You have to prove you are prepared for MPhil study. You do this by showing you:

  • have completed some research experience
  • have completed an approved university degree and
  • can meet the English language requirements.

Approved degrees

You need one of the following approved degrees to apply for an MPhil:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved university with at least honours class IIB or equivalent, which includes relevant experience; or
  • Postgraduate degree (at least one year full-time or equivalent) with an overall grade point average of 5 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with relevant experience, approved by the dean; or
  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of documented relevant experience, approved by the dean; or
  • Other qualifications or experience that show you can meet admission standards.

Relevant experience

You need some relevant experience to be accepted into an MPhil. Relevant experience can be drawn from things like:

  • courses directed at the formation of research skills 
  • work experience where you have planned and executed projects, or
  • a portfolio of published creative work and critical discussion.

Find out what we accept as relevant experience

Additional application information

Applications must be lodged via the online application portal. There is no application fee for research higher degree programs. Ensure you have all the required documents prepared when you submit your application.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements apply, please refer to the English proficiency policy.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Philosophy are eligible to apply for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

This program has two CRICOS codes:

  • 0100215 – Architecture, creative arts, education, health, information technology, management and commerce, mathematical sciences, social and cultural studies
  • 0100216 – Agriculture and environmental studies, dentistry, engineering, human movement, medical studies, natural and physical sciences, pharmacy, psychology, veterinary science

Discuss your proposed project with us 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, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional entry requirements

Many departments will have additional entry requirements and may request documents to support your application, such as a research proposal. You should discuss these additional requirements with your potential thesis supervisor.

English language requirements

There are a few ways you can meet our English language requirements. If you sit a test, the following scores are needed for MPhil admission:

TestMinimum overall scoreMinimum additional scores
IELTS (clinical projects)7.07.0 in every sub-band
IELTS (all other disciplines)6.56.0 in every sub-band
TOEFL (paper-based)5705.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening
TOEFL (internet-based)8721 in written, 19 in reading, listening & speaking

Read our English language requirements

Scholarships

There are several types of MPhil scholarships:

  • tuition fee scholarship: this covers the fees charged by UQ for MPhil study
  • living stipend scholarship: this is a fortnightly payment (or stipend) to support your daily expenses
  • top-up scholarship: may be provided by external organisations, supervisors, or philanthropic donations. They are uncommon, but when awarded provide an additional payment on top of a living stipend scholarship. They cannot be held without a living stipend scholarship.

Each year, we award more than 600 scholarships to attract and support the highest quality higher degree by research applicants.

University scholarships

UQ scholarships include:

How to apply for a scholarship

You can apply for many scholarships using the same form as your MPhil application. External scholarships might have different ways to apply. Our Scholarships website explains how to apply for each scholarship. If you are applying for any non-UQ scholarships, outcome dates may vary.

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    Fees and costs

    Research costs

    The department you enrol with will meet all necessary costs for your project, including:

    • resource and facility costs: at UQ, which may include other organisations in Australia or overseas
    • travel costs: to complete fieldwork, collect data, or to visit libraries or other repositories
    • coursework costs: for courses studied outside the department
    • relevant training: in particular methodologies or techniques.

    How to apply

    Before you apply

    1. Check your eligibility

    Check your eligibility by reviewing the entry requirements for UQ's Higher Degrees by Research.

    2. Approach a potential supervisor

    Identify a researcher with relevant expertise and get agreement to support your MPhil and project.

    Many departments will require additional information to make a decision around your motivation, understanding, commitment, and financial support required.

    They may request documents to support your application, such as a research proposal. You should discuss these additional requirements with your potential thesis supervisor.

    3. Gather your documents

    You will need to compile the necessary documents. We will accept scanned copies of original documents, but you will have to keep all original documents for the duration of your studies.

    Upload all documents as PDFs and name your files like this: LASTNAME_firstname_document-name.pdf

    If any of your documents is in a language other than English, you will need to send both the original document and an official translation.

    Send the following documents with your application:

    If you don't provide us with all documents it will take us longer to process your application. Your start date might then be delayed, or you might miss an admission or scholarship deadline. 

    4. Apply online

    Once you have prepared your application and contacted a potential supervisor, use the online application form to apply. You can send an application at any time, but your application can only be assessed once your referees have responded to us, and all outstanding documents and school/institute endorsements have been received.

    Apply now

    Important dates

    The academic year for research students is divided into four research quarters (RQ).

    To commence byYou must apply by
    RQ 1: January30 September
    RQ 2: April31 December
    RQ 3: July31 March
    RQ 4: October30 June

    Candidates applying for a Student Visa or UQ scholarship may need to apply earlier. Make sure you check scholarship round application deadlines and outcome dates before applying.

    The agreed start date will be included on your Confirmation of Enrolment.

    Find out more about research quarter dates

    Important dates

    The academic year for research students is divided into four research quarters (RQ). You can start a PhD in any quarter, as long as the Census Date hasn't passed.

    To commence byYou must apply by
    RQ 1: January30 September
    RQ 2: April31 December
    RQ 3: July31 March
    RQ 4: October30 June

    Candidates applying for a UQ scholarship may need to apply earlier. Make sure you check scholarship round application deadlines and outcome dates before applying.

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

    Find out more about research quarter dates

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

    For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

    Contact the ATSIS Unit