A research degree is an advanced study program that gives you an opportunity to deeply explore a topic of your choice and the expertise of their supervisors. To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.
Research degree candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds, and have a passion to solve problems and advance humanity. A research degree allows you to conduct your own, unique research, and produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant, and enlightened.
Research degrees equip graduates with the transferable skills and attributes necessary for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.
At the University of Tasmania, a research degree is a true mark of endeavour, providing you with the training and skills necessary for a career in academia and beyond.
To apply, see the Graduate Research website for application information.
A Masters (Research) qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.
- develop knowledge of the principal doctrines of research in their discipline area and a substantive understanding of key conventions, norms and perspectives in their field.
- acquire the capacity to formulate a research question and to reflect critically on the application of appropriate conceptual and methodological practices.
- acquire advanced research training and provide evidence for critical analysis, effective communication and/or expression and advanced knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in their field.
- demonstrate increasing independence, creativity and initiative in their research practice and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.
The degree of Master of Research is awarded on the basis of a Thesis prepared under supervision that presents the results of original research in a scholarship form demonstrating the Candidate’s knowledge of the research topic and the discipline/s it embraces, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.
Graduates of a Masters (Research) will be able to:
- use specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning;
- demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice; and
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.
Graduates of a Masters (Research) will be independent researchers able to:
- demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its applications;
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
- generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level;
- design, use and evaluate research and research methods;
- communicate orally and in written form to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
- design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge
Application of Knowledge
Graduates of a Masters (Research) Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:
- plan and execute a substantial piece of research using creativity, initiative, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or scholar.
- understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.
Masters by research degrees are internationally recognised research degrees.
The Master of Research is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to initiate a research project and to formulate viable research questions, to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a defined project and to demonstrate critical evaluation of scholarly literature.
A Master of Research is a course of supervised research and professional development conducted over 1-2 years (full-time) or 2-4 years (part-time), culminating in the examination of a thesis or creative equivalent, by at least two external examiners.
Master of Research Candidature is structured around a series of milestones:
- Draft Research Plan submitted at 3 months equivalent full time enrolment
- Confirmation of Candidature by 12 months equivalent full time enrolment
- Thesis or creative equivalent submission for examination no later than 24 months equivalent full time enrolment
Master of Research Candidates are concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Research designed to provide you with a range of training activities and career development opportunities that assist in developing high-level research, communication and management skills. The skills obtained will give you an edge with future employment opportunities.
The University also offers candidate opportunities to engage in research seminars, present at conferences and participate in skill development workshops.
The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.
Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. Applicants will be considered who have:
- an honour's degree with at least second class lower standard; or
- a masters degree with a minimum research component (e.g., a thesis); or
- substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.
International applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements for admission.
Please see the University of Tasmania's Admission Requirements for further information.
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students will be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship of AUD $22,000- $33,000. This scholarship is provided to individual students to offset their tuition fees.
These funds are provided by the Commonwealth Government as a contribution to the University towards the direct costs of a student’s research training (supervision, access to resources or facilities at the University, costs associated with fieldwork, training in techniques and necessary coursework undertaken outside the School/Institute).
2018 Total Course Fee (international students): $0 AUD*.
Course cost based on a rate of $33,000 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).
* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.
Higher Degree by Research Candidates may apply for a variety of scholarships to assist with the cost of living, tuition fees and other research costs. For a full list of scholarships available to domestic and international candidates please visit the Graduate Research website.
For information about additional costs associated with undertaking a PhD at the University of Tasmania visit the Research Degrees Website
All candidates must pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which we use to improve student services. This cost is included in international tuition fees, however domestic candidates are charged separately.
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