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What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a research degree that includes a coursework component designed to help you develop research techniques appropriate to your area of study.

The MPhil has the flexibility to be undertaken as a written thesis or as a research by design thesis, (with a proportionally reduced written component.) The program requires submission of either a scholarly written thesis (maximum 40,000 words) or a combined design output and scholarly written component (maximum 20,000 words).

This program involves a minimum of 1.5 years full-time study, maximum 2 years. The masters thesis should be submitted for examination within 2 years of full-time study.

The coursework component of the program normally comprises three courses (totalling 18 Units of Credit):

  • BENV7020 Research Seminar
  • Two electives from a postgraduate coursework program in BE (Built Environment)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture



Study options

Full Time (1.7 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,160.00 (US$ 27,591) 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

Admission to this program requires one of the following: 3-year Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in a cognate discipline, at least equivalent to the first three years of an Engineering degree accredited under the Washington Accord with a minimum 75% average.

For international students

As a general guide, the minimum requirement for admission to a Master of Philosophy in UNSW Built Environment is an appropriate undergraduate degree in the relevant discipline from UNSW or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the faculty’s Higher Degree Committee, usually at honours level.

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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