Master of Philosophy program

What is it?

The Master of Philosophy is a graduate degree for students wishing to develop their research expertise in the Earth Sciences.

The degree is predominantly a research project, but may include some coursework. Candidates are required to complete a research thesis comprising original research. The aim of the M.Phil. research degree is to train students in the skills and techniques required to carry out independent research, either individually, or as part of a team.

The student and supervisor(s) initially identify a suitable research project. As the project progresses, students are expected to take more control of its direction. M Phil students are typically involved in presenting conference papers, publishing research results in journals, and participating in local seminars as part of their research training.

Who can apply?

The program is open to local and international students who hold a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with Honours of at least 2A level in a relevant field, or have completed a Graduate Diploma. Relevant professional experience, in lieu of an honours degree or Graduate diploma, may be taken into consideration.

Applicants are recommended to discuss their proposed program of study and topic with a staff member before submitting an application. Admission is not automatic. Applicants who do not satisfy the minimum entry standard may be able to enter through satisfactory completion of a preparatory program.

Prerequisites

The entry requirements are a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with Honours of at least 2A level in a relevant field, or have completed a Graduate Diploma. Relevant professional experience, in lieu of an honours degree or Graduate diploma, may be taken into consideration.

Degree structure

The duration of the M Phil is typically 2 years of full-time research, or the equivalent in part-time research.

Each candidate is considered individually and any coursework requirements are discussed with the candidate prior to enrolment.

Fees

Permanent residents of Australia may be eligible for a HECS-exemption scholarship. Fees apply for international students.

Scholarships to cover fees and/or living costs are typically not readily available.  So applicants need independent means of support.

Supervision

Students are assigned a supervisor. Co-supervisors and academic advisers will also be appointed to form a supervisory panel. Students are expected to consult closely with their supervisor(s). The role of the supervisor(s) is to provide students with regular assistance, advice and support and encouragement for a timely and successful completion of the chosen project.

How to apply?

You will need to contact the school in the first instance to ensure you have the appropriate academic qualifications and that a suitable project and supervisor are available.  You should contact one of the postgraduate research program conveners: Jochen Brocks (T +61 2 6125 7946 E jochen.brocks@anu.edu.au), or Simon McClusky (T +61 2 6125 8350  E  simon.mcclusky@anu.edu.au).

M.Phil research students may commence at any time of the year.

Enquiries

For general enquiries regarding postgraduate study at RSES please contact

Maree Coldrick (RSES Student Officer)
Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA

T+61 2 6125 8321 +61 2 6125 5544 Estudent.admin.rses@anu.edu.au

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