Applicants will be assessed using the criteria described below. The measures include an assessment of a candidate's knowledge of the discipline and evidence of their ability to complete a rigorous research project. Applicants are required to meet the minimum standards described for each of the following measures.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a four-year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and have achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent;
- a masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent;
- a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent; and
- submit a research proposal; and
- provide referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years); and
- obtain the endorsement of a prospective supervisor.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants’:
- prior academic performance and, if relevant,
- professional qualifications; and
- performance at interview; and
- understanding of the research question to be explored; and
- motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner; and
- prior research and/or professional experience; and
- referee reports.
3. The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application.
4. The minimum English language requirements for this course are: Band 6.5.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
All candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least six months full-time (12 months part-time) advanced study and research at the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for graduate research students.
Throughout their candidature candidates are expected to attend the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up their research within a University community and environment.
The residency requirement is deemed especially important during the first six months of candidature. During this time the student is expected to interact on a regular basis with the supervisor, the department (including staff and other research students) and the University, so as to:
- build the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the proposed research program,
- acquire an understanding of the standards and requirements for an Master by research awarded by the University, and
- make use of support programs and facilities provided by the Faculty and University throughout the period of candidature.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Last updated: 12 November 2021