The Master of Philosophy aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate diploma level, culminating in a research thesis. Upon completion of a master by research degree, you may apply to be considered for entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.
A higher degree by research differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is offered by most schools and departments across Curtin. Each subject area has its own CRICOS code. For further information, please contact the Graduate Research School.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
Why research at Curtin
Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators in their fields.
What you'll learn
- demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that knowledge and its application
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
- generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
- design, use and evaluate research and research methods
- present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research concepts, plans and results to the general community, peers, and the national and international research community
- design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice