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What will I learn?

A Masters by Research provides you with the opportunity to develop expert knowledge in an area of built environment research. You will be required to undertake an original investigation, however in comparison to a doctorate, this investigation is generally more limited in scope and degree of originality.

In addition to the development of expert knowledge, the focus of a Masters by Research is on enhancing a student’s skills in research, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.

This program involves a minimum of 1.5 years full-time study, maximum 2 years. Students undertake supervised research leading to the production of the thesis.

The length of a Masters by Research thesis normally should not exceed 75,000 words of text and should be submitted for examination within 2 years of full-time study.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,160.00 (US$ 27,230) per year

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

Start date

13 December 2021, 14 February 2022, 30 May 2022, 12 September 2022


UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The equivalent of a three-year undergraduate degree plus a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline from UNSW with an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction), OR the equivalent of multiple undergraduate degrees (e.g. a dual degree) from UNSW with at least one in a relevant discipline and an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction).

For international students

As a general guide, the minimum requirement for admission to Masters by Research is an appropriate undergraduate degree with honours that includes a substantial research component or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent by the faculty’s Higher Degree Committee.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

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


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