Master of Research (MRes)

An MRes is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. MRes programs aim to train students in analysing their thesis topic at an advanced level; research methodology and techniques; and the application of such methodology by conducting a specified program of research under appropriate supervision. Many MRes students choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD.

Duration: MRes candidature runs for a minimum duration of one year and a maximum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent).

Examination: The degree of Master of Research is awarded on the basis of a thesis prepared under supervision that presents the results of original research. The thesis should demonstrate the Candidate's knowledge of the research topic and the discipline/s it embraces, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards. Students are required to produce a thesis of no more than 50,000 words (exegesis = 10,000-20,000), that demonstrates their capacity for critical analysis and application of specialist knowledge.

Admission: In accordance with the Research Training Ordinance (PDF 335.8 KB), the Dean may admit to candidature for a Master of Research a person who has been awarded a degree from a Recognised Tertiary Institution as being in the appropriate discipline and equivalent to:

  • A Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class lower standard with a Minimum Research Component
  • A Masters degree (Coursework) or Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component

As per Schedule A: Minimum course entry requirements of the HDR Admissions Selection and Enrolment Procedure, qualifying degrees must have been awarded within a 10-year period prior to the date of application for admission to Higher Degree by Research candidature.

Where a coursework masters' degree or graduate diploma is considered as the basis for admission, the research project or thesis must be between 10,000 to 20,000 words and equate to a minimum 25 per cent research component of the entire degree.

Where any of the above standard admission requirements are not met, an application will be considered as part of an application via the alternative entry pathway process (see Pathways to a Research Degree below).