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Research master degree

Master of Philosophy degree enables you to complete independent research under the supervision of expert academics, including the submission of a thesis.

While it is not necessary that an MPhil thesis would make a major contribution to the discipline by way of new knowledge (as a PhD would require), an MPhil thesis would be expected to make a contribution to an existing body of knowledge, by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge.

The principal component of the MPhil is a thesis of up to 35,000 words, embodying the results of a research project. Candidates are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature. Together with supervisors, each candidate is responsible for developing the research program to be followed and should be designed to take no more than two years of full-time equivalent candidature.

The Master of Philosophy also includes a coursework component. Students may transfer to the Doctor of Philosophy, after successful completion of confirmation, and provided that satisfactory progress has been made and certain conditions are met.

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Career opportunities

The Masters degree has been designed to allow students to pursue their own career ambitions. Monash's international reputation offers graduates career and research opportunities in Australia and around the world.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Peninsula: Full time & part time
  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February) Second Semester (July)
Master of Philosophy
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

This course consists of a coursework component and a research and thesis component.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.