Master of Philosophy

Why study the Master of Philosophy at UNE?

The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research training standards. The Master of Philosophy Rules provide the framework for one of the University's AQF Level 9 awards. They provide the rigorous processes that are essential for the maintenance of academic quality and integrity in the University's operations, and that reflect the University's values of providing a formative, respectful, inclusive, flexible and innovative environment for the delivery of high quality research training for its students.

Eligible Australian and New Zealand students who meet the criteria for entry to this course will not incur fees and will be funded under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) for the normal duration of the course. International Students incur tuition fees.

Career Opportunities

Research pathway which may lead directly into Doctoral programs.

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Degree Snapshot


1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time




Research Period 1, Online
Research Period 1, On Campus
Research Period 2, Online
Research Period 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation MPhil
Course Type Postgraduate Research
CRICOS Code Approved
Location Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Research Period 1 Online
Armidale Research Period 1 On Campus
Armidale Research Period 2 Online
Armidale Research Period 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees RTP / International
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How to Apply

All students apply directly to Research Services at UNE using Research Services admission form(s)

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Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the requirements for all Higher Degrees by Research as stated in the English Language Requirements Higher than the University Minimum Requirements Annex to the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

1. Admission to candidature in the degree of Master of Philosophy (Mphil) may be approved by the Committee only when the Head of School has:

(a) certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed MPhil program are available; and

(b) nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor(s) in accordance with Rule 4.

2. The Committee may, on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School, admit to candidature into the course for the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) an applicant who:

(a) has a degree of Bachelor with at least second class honurs (AQF Level 8) or equivalent in an appropriate field of study; or

(b) has a degree at AQF Level 7 or equivalent and has adequate relevant preparation since graduation. Adequate relevant preparation may be gained by an approved academic course, professional training, during an occupation or through peer reviewed publications; and

(c) has completed and had approved by the Committee a MPhil research proposal.

3. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Further Information

Please contact Research Services on (02) 6773 3715 or for online information go to AskUNE

Course rules and plans for the Master of Philosophy, 2020, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Master of Philosophy course aims are to provide a program of independent, supervised research for high calibre graduates that make an advanced contribution to scholarship and mastery of a scientific field of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit a mastery of a field of knowledge within arts, health science, economics or business by: (a) having systematically acquired intellectual skill and experience that is grounded in contemporary developments in the field; (b) creating and communicating scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, extending the frontier of the field of knowledge and potentially meriting publication; (c) demonstrating knowledge of research principles and methods applicable in advanced academic inquiry;
  2. conduct research independently and systematically by: (a) conceptualising, designing and implementing a project which will increase knowledge that is applicable or contributes new insights to the field; (b) evaluating ideas and making informed judgements on complex issues or challenges in the field of specialisation; (c) communicating ideas, methodologies and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  3. be accountable for their own learning and professional training by: (a) demonstrating the capacity to undertake further learning and/or a further career in or around research at an advanced level, and contributing substantially to the development or dissemination of new techniques, ideas or approaches: (b) displaying the qualities and attributes necessary to exercise personal responsibility and autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, whether in professional environments or in the public domain.
Graduate Attributes Graduate attribute information is currently unavailable for this course.

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