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, refer to Research Degrees | How to Apply.
A Master of Research enables individuals to expand their breadth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline.
The Degree provides candidates with advanced skills to carry out independent and sustained research. Candidates will be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research, present the results of their research in a publishable quality and demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, research ethics and codes of practice.
Areas of particular research expertise within the Faculty include: agronomy, horticultural science, plant physiology and biochemistry, soil and animal science, microbiology, phytopathology, entomology, plant breeding, climate change, agrobusiness, and agricultural systems management.
At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and encouraged in the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.
Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Master of Research to meet its Generic Attributes (see Learning Outcomes).
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.
Master of 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.
As a result, Master of Research graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector, including: agriculture, life science areas, business and management.
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).
2022 Total Course Fee (international students): TBA *.
Course cost based on a rate of $36,200 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 refer to Research Degrees | Costs.
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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