Course Description

The Melbourne experience enables our graduates to become specialists within their field, leaders in communities, attuned to cultural diversity and active global citizens.

The Masters of Philosophy is an internationally recognised Masters (by research) degree. Students develop advanced skills in conducting independent and sustained research.

The normal length of a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is 30,000 to 40,000 words. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research.


Areas of Study

The Faculty of Science offers Master of Philosophy - Science in one of seven areas of science:

  • BioSciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecosystem and Forest Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics

The areas of Botany, Genetics and Zoology can be studied in the School of BioSciences.


Areas of Research

Researchers in the Faculty of Science conduct high quality research in the physical and biological sciences, focused around ten themes. Please visit the Faculty of Science website to see the breadth and depth of science research.

Research Themes


Course structure

A candidate for the Master of Philosophy degree must be an enrolled student in this University and is required to carry out research at the University for a specified period under the direct supervision of one or more members of the academic staff.

All candidates for the Master of Philosophy - Science will be examined on the basis of their thesis.

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