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The Master of Philosophy is administered at The University of Melbourne by the
Melbourne School of Graduate Research.
The MPhil is an internationally recognised masters (by research) degree. It is
designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent
and sustained research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application
of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing
scholarship in the area of research.
The normal length of an MPhil 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.
Intended learning outcomes
Please refer to the PhD Handbook at: http://www.gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au/
- Research Masters degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop
graduates who have a capacity for defining and managing a research project
characterised by originality and independence. Their training equips them for
more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for applied research
positions in a wide variety of contexts.
- The University expects its research Masters graduates to have the following
qualities and skills:
- An advanced ability to initiate research and to formulate viable
- A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and
- The capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of
- An advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and
- An advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary
norms and perspectives relevant to the field;
- Highly developed problem-solving abilities and flexibility of approach;
- The ability to analyse critically within and across a changing
- The capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by
oral and written communication to a variety of audiences;
- A capacity to cooperate with and respect the contributions of fellow
researchers and scholars;
- A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the
ethics of research and scholarship;
- An advanced facility in the management of information, including the
application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the
student's field of study;
- An understanding of the relevance and value of their research to
national and international communities of scholars and collaborators;
- An awareness where appropriate of issues related to intellectual
property management and the commercialisation of innovation; and
- An ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as
funding bodies and ethics committees.
- The University provides a variety of opportunities in additions to the
supervised research program, to facilitate a student's acquisition of these
Last updated: 11 February 2021