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What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy comprises 24 credit points of coursework and a 72-credit point thesis. Academic Units may award credit for the coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake a substantive research project which is expected to make a valued contribution to the field. With the exception of undertaking a PhD, the MPhil is the most research intensive course offered in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The coursework component of the degree is designed to complement the research thesis, through allowing candidates to select subjects with direct relevance for their research question.

The thesis may investigate any aspect of Earth or Environmental Sciences deemed appropriate to the degree. This includes Quaternary studies/palaeoclimate, early Earth evolution, Geophysics, Sedimentary Basin Analysis, Geochronology, coastal landscape change, Geochemistry/mineralogy, Structural or Economic Geology, Earth system modelling/Earth system change, terrestrial, marine or atmospheric processes, Archaeology, climate change and environmental systems and management.

Students may be required to attend lectures in relevant topics from time to time throughout the course.

Why choose this course

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health is a research-intensive faculty with vigorous and well-supported Higher Degree Research programs in Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Archaeology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biofabrication and Electromaterials.

Over the last five years, Faculty researchers have secured research and innovation income worth over $130M on projects as diverse as investigating the beginnings of human history in Australia, assessing and mitigating bushfire risks, improving quality of care for people living with dementia, and investigating the fundamental processes of life, one molecule at a time, through single-molecule biophysics.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia ratings, the Faculty received the highest possible rating for its research quality (‘well above world standard’) in many individual disciplines, as well as in the overall field of Chemical Sciences.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,240.00 (19,93,399) per year
AUD $72,480 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $18,120

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023, 24 July 2023


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A recognised Bachelor degree in any area. English Requirements: IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62 All bands 54

For international students

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62 All bands 54

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students