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The Master of Philosophy is an internationally recognised masters (by research) degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skills in undertaking independent and sustained research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and should be an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research.
The normal length of an Master of Philosophy thesis is 30,000-40,000 words, exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit.
A candidate will have appropriately experienced supervisor(s) and an advisory committee who in consultation with the candidate, arranges a course of supervised research designed to suit the individuals requirements and interests of the candidate. A candidate may be required to supplement their research program by attendance at, or enrolment in, additional subjects if considered necessary by the supervisor(s). All students are required to attend departmental seminars over the period of their candidature.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced learning in research skills and mastery of appropriate techniques, such as the use of archival or primary evidence, analysis of data, judgment of conflicting evidence etc;
- Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research;
- Present the results of their research in publishable quality or work towards incorporating their findings in further research;
- Gain access to certain types of employment through this specialist qualification;
- Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, research ethics or code of practice.
Last updated: 16 March 2020