MPhil Research

Subject COMP90037 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular contact (at least once a week) with the project supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof James Bailey


Dr Lars Kulik


Subject Overview:

The Master of Philosophy is administered at The University of Melbourne by the
Melbourne School of Graduate Research.

The MPhil is an internationally recognised masters (by research) degree. It is
designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent
and sustained research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application
of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing
scholarship in the area of research.

The normal length of an MPhil thesis is 30,000-40,000 words, exclusive of
words in tables, maps bibliographies and appendices. Footnotes are included as
part of the word limit.


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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Research Masters degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop
    graduates who have a capacity for defining and managing a research project
    characterised by originality and independence. Their training equips them for
    more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for applied research
    positions in a wide variety of contexts.
  • The University expects its research Masters graduates to have the following
    qualities and skills:
  • An advanced ability to initiate research and to formulate viable
    research questions;
  • A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and
    original research;
  • The capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of
    specialist knowledge;
  • An advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and
    scholarly literature;
  • An advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary
    norms and perspectives relevant to the field;
  • Highly developed problem-solving abilities and flexibility of approach;
  • The ability to analyse critically within and across a changing
    disciplinary environment;
  • The capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by
    oral and written communication to a variety of audiences;
  • A capacity to cooperate with and respect the contributions of fellow
    researchers and scholars;
  • A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the
    ethics of research and scholarship;
  • An advanced facility in the management of information, including the
    application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the
    student's field of study;
  • An understanding of the relevance and value of their research to
    national and international communities of scholars and collaborators;
  • An awareness where appropriate of issues related to intellectual
    property management and the commercialisation of innovation; and
  • An ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as
    funding bodies and ethics committees.
  • The University provides a variety of opportunities in additions to the
    supervised research program, to facilitate a student's acquisition of these

Students must have approval from the subject coordinator.

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