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

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 Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,000.00 (US$ 34,171) 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

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry. Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Master’s program, or as professional qualifications in their own right. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic) Minimum Scores - Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Minimum Scores -Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) Minimum Scores - Overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

For international students

The academic standing required for acceptance as a candidate for the Master of Philosophy in the University shall be:

a relevant degree of Bachelor of the University of Adelaide, in which the candidate has achieved a minimum of a distinction average
a relevant Honours degree of the University of Adelaide at upper second class level or higher
a relevant Master by Coursework degree of the University of Adelaide containing less than 15 credit points research, in which the candidate has achieved a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 or higher
a relevant Master by Coursework degree of the University of Adelaide containing a minimum of 15 credit points by research, with an overall GPA of 5.0 or higher and a GPA of 6.0 or higher in the Research Component
a relevant Master by Research degree of the University of Adelaide.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 AND Minimum band scores 6.5 in Writing and Speaking AND 6.0 in Listening and Reading; TOEFL minimum score: Paper-based – total score of 575 with 4.5 in the TWE (Test of Written English) OR Internet-based – total score of 79 with 24 in Writing AND 22 in Speaking AND 13 in Listening and Reading; Pearson Test of English (Academic) Minimum scores: Overall score of 65 AND Skills profile 65 in Writing and Speaking AND 58 in Listening and Reading; CAE Minimum scores: Overall score 176 AND Individual scores 176 in Writing and Speaking AND 169 in Listening and Reading.

Application deadline – Semester 1: Oct 31, semester 2: Feb 05

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


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