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What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy is conducted over two years of full time study or the equivalent in half-time candidature. The key aim of the program is to train students in research methodology and techniques and to engage them in the critical evaluation of literature and results in their field of research at an advanced level. Whilst the Master of Philosophy may contain a significant coursework component, the focus of the degree is on research. Master of Philosophy graduates are well placed to progress to independent research at doctoral level.

As one of the most highly research-intensive and respected universities in Australia and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight, The University of Adelaide is the smart choice for your research program. The University is committed to providing unique opportunities for graduates and researchers who are recognised as worldwide leaders for their vision and capacity to address global research challenges.

All Master of Philosophy students at the University have the opportunity to broaden their research experience through the Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program.

Career Readiness

A Master of Philosophy is a great stepping stone to transition to a Doctor of Philosophy. It is the highest research award after a doctorate and can greatly increase your career opportunities in academia, government and industry.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Research Manager

Degree Structure

Degree Structure

A Master of Philosophy comprises an independent, supervised research project mutually agreed upon by the student, their supervisors and Head of School. Students can choose to undertake the degree by either 100% research or, by mixed research and coursework. In addition, all Master of Philosophy students complete a minimum of 60 hours of relevant professional development activities through the University's Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program.

The award of the degree for students in the 100% research stream is entirely on the examination of a thesis, however, students in the mixed research and coursework stream complete one third of the degree (15 units) by coursework and the remaining two thirds of the degree by research resulting in the production of a proportionally smaller thesis. Coursework can be selected, in consultation with supervisors, from amongst relevant Master by Coursework or Honours level courses offered by the University.

Progress through the degree is tracked through the completion of a number of key milestones. These milestones provide an opportunity for the University to review progress and ensure that candidates are well supported to complete their degree in a timely manner.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Sciences

CRICOS

072085E

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$53,000.00 (28,83,569) per year
COVID-19 OFFSHORE STUDY FEE REBATE: All continuing and commencing international students who are studying offshore and unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions may be eligible for the rebate of up to 20%.

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

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

25 July 2022, 24 July 2023

Venue

The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE,

South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a Bachelor degree or equivalent. English Language Requirements - IELTS: Overall 6.5 (Reading 6, Listening 6, Speaking 6, Writing 6); TOEFL: Internet-based: Total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; TOEFL Paper-based: Total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); Pearsons: Overall 58 (Reading 50, Listening 50, Speaking 50, Writing 50); Cambridge: Overall 176 (Reading 169, Listening 169, Speaking 169, Writing 169).

For international students

To meet the minimum academic standing required for admission to a Master of Philosophy degree you’ll need to have completed: a relevant University of Adelaide bachelor degree (or equivalent), with a minimum distinction average.

English language proficiency requirements

IELTS (ACADEMIC) - Overall Score 6.5 All Other Bands 6.0

TOEFL (INTERNET BASED TEST) - Total score 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Listening & Reading 13

PEARSON TEST of ENGLISH (ACADEMIC) - Overall Score 58 All Other Bands 50

C1 ADVANCED - Overall Score 176 All Other Bands 169

You can apply for admission at any time throughout the year.

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

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