Master of Research
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
The Master of Research offers students the opportunity to undertake supervised research in the related discipline of their choice, with the aim of submitting a major thesis of 20,000 words.
Candidates develop a range of skills, including independent thinking, project management, data analysis and critical thinking, as well as refined communication skills.
The program fosters the development of independent research skills, making it ideal preparation for those looking to undertake further research through a PhD program and/or pursue a career in research.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
Hawthorn (Semester 1)
A$39960 (annual for 2023)*
The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
Course information in detail
- Course detail and course structure.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
To qualify for the award of Master of Research students must satisfactorily complete 112.5 cp credit points of study and a minor thesis:
- Seven core units of study (112.5 credit points)
- One minor thesis of 20,000 words
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Course aims and objectives.
Aims and objectives
Upon successful completion of the Master of Research graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate skills to investigate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate current theory and knowledge in one or more disciplines
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods and ability to apply appropriate methods to answer a research question
- Demonstrate ability to design and conduct a coherent, independent research project and successfully execute it in a timely and self-directed manner
- Demonstrate communication and technical skills through the presentation of a coherent and sustained argument in both verbal and written forms
- Design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge
- Work independently and ethically.
Pathways and scholarships
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements.
A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn at Room 132, Building TD. Book now or call +61 3 9214 3584 for more information.
To be eligible for admission into the Master of Research, an applicant must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree issued from a university approved by Swinburne. Applicants must have achieved an average of 65% across all units in the final year of their degree.
English language requirements
International applicants must provide evidence of one of the following:
- minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 (with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20); or Pearson (PTE) 58 (no communicative skills less than 50) no longer than 24 months before submitting your application
- satisfactory completion of Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
- successful completion of a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.
How to apply
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Tel: +61 3 9214 5412