Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.
|Year and Campus:||2013 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Level:||Research Higher Degree|
|Duration & Credit Points:||Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.|
Prospective Student Enquiries:
Ms Corliss Chan
Research Higher Degrees Officer
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
Phone: + 61 3 8344 9430
Currently enrolled student enquiries:
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Student Centre
Level 1, Brownless Biomedical Library
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
Phone: +61 3 8344 5890
Fax: +61 3 9347 7084
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 demonstrates a critical application of specialist knowledge and makes an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research.
On completion of the course students should be able to:
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
All candidates for the MPhil will be examined on the basis of their thesis. A candidate will have appropriately experienced supervisor/s and an Advisory Committee who in consultation with the candidate, arranges a course of supervised research designed to suit the individual requirements and interests of the candidate. A candidate may be required to supplement their research program by attendance at, or enrolment in, additional subjects if considered necessary by the supervisor(s).
Duration of candidature is 18 months. An extension of up to six months may be allowed. The Research Training Scheme (RTS) is available for a maximum of two years. For more information refer to the Australian Government's RTS website.
All MPhil candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least 6 months full-time (12 months part-time) advanced study and research at the University (unless studying at an approved outside institution). The Research Higher Degrees Committee will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for research higher degree students.
MPhil candidates are required to submit six monthly progress reports. Completion of progress reports is required for the continuation of enrolment and any scholarship held. The first six month progress report is a major hurdle for the MPhil in which candidates will also be required to give a 15 minute presentation of their work. The Completion Report attachment is submitted at 18 months full-time and whenever an extension to candidature or lapse in good standing is sought. Candidates can check the Student Portal at any time to see the date of their next progress review. International AusAID-sponsored students will be required to submit end-of-semester reports to AusAID.
For further information about enrolment requirements, supervisors, progress reports, advisory committees and more, refer to the Master of Philosophy Handbook.
MPhil applicants will be assessed using the criteria described below. The measures include an assessment of a candidate's knowledge of the discipline and evidence of their ability to complete a rigorous research project. Applicants are required to meet the minimum standards described for each of the six measures. In addition all applicants (internationally and locally qualified) must meet the University's English language entry requirements in accordance with Academic Board Principles of Selection into Courses.
In exceptional circumstances, the RHD Committee may consider for admission a person who does not have qualifications equivalent to a four-year honours degree, if it is satisfied that the person's experience in research and the results of that experience are so outstanding that the person is likely to have the ability to pursue the course successfully. In such cases, or where other minimum standards as specified below are not all met, the department may present an evidence-based case for admittance to the Chair, Research Higher Degrees Committee.
Normally, the evidence of research equivalence would take the form of a research publication record and/or additional significant research experience that would be equivalent to a fourth year. In the case of a three-year honours degree from the United Kingdom the sponsoring department may also provide evidence about the quality of the institution and the quality of the degree, compared with a four-year honours degree.
1. Minimum qualifications
2. Minimum level of academic achievement
Applicants who have completed certain professional degrees such as MBBS, BVSc, BDentSc, LLB, JD, BPhysio, BProp&Const, BUrbPl, BArch and BLArch will be assessed individually.
3. Relevance of the Degree
4. Evidence of research ability
Graduates of certain professional degrees, including MBBS, BVSc, BDentSc, LLB, JD, BPhysio, BEng, BProp&Const, BUrbPl, BArch and BLArch are deemed to have met this requirement.
In the absence of the final year research component, other evidence may be provided as to a student's ability to undertake research.
5. Currency of applicant's knowledge of the discipline
6. Assessment of suitability
Refer to the Master of Philosophy Handbook for more information on entry requirements.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
All MPhil candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least six months full-time (12 months part-time) advanced study and research at the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for research higher degree students.
Throughout their candidature candidates are expected to attend the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up their research within a University community and environment.
The residency requirement is deemed especially important during the first six months of candidature. During this time the student is expected to interact on a regular basis with the supervisor, the department (including staff and other research students) and the University, so as:
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
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 attributes:
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|Links to further information:||http://www.healthsciences.unimelb.edu.au/research|
Refer to the Faculty's prospective research students website for an overview of the application process, including information on topic areas available and making contact with potential supervisors.
Which scholarship can I apply for?
Find information on scholarships at the Melbourne Scholarships Office and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Facilities and Support
The Melbourne School of Graduate Research makes available a broad range of Programs & Services available to graduate research students.
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