Take your expertise to the next level

The Master of Philosophy is a unique interdisciplinary research degree offered by UNSW Canberra that combines postgraduate coursework and an original research thesis. The degree is suited to professionals who already have several years of experience in the workforce and want to develop research skills. It allows students with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in a related subject area to develop expertise in a new area of research with the opportunity to advance to a PhD. 

Candidates are expected to produce a thesis that demonstrates independent thought, enhanced disciplinary knowledge, analytical skills, and mastery of related research methodologies.  

Upon completion of the Master of Philosophy, you’ll be prepared for the opportunities and challenges of today’s global workplace. You’ll be empowered to make a positive contribution to society. Our academics will equip you to work collaboratively on current pressing issues and solve problems in an increasingly complex world. 

Explore your research options

Explore our available Master of Philosophy options and be inspired to join a diverse group of scholars and research students making positive impacts worldwide. 

Please note: academic credits from previous study do not apply for Master of Philosophy and Professional Doctorate programs

Aerospace, Civil & Mech Engineering

Our Master of Philosophy in Engineering combines a thesis with an original piece of research. You'll develop analytical skills and disciplinary knowledge.
Course code 2227
opens in a new window


The UNSW Canberra Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Business is designed to give you a deeper insight into your discipline. You’ll explore underlying paradigms, advanced theory and research processes in your area of interest.
Course code 2226
opens in a new window

Humanities & Social Sciences

The Master of Philosophy (Humanities & Social Sciences) at UNSW Canberra is a truly interdisciplinary degree supported by leading experts from academia and industry. Change the world today.
Course code 2225
opens in a new window

Information Technology & Electrical Engineering

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop research competence in a limited timeframe. Information Technology & Electrical Engineering - MPhil, provides you with the skills to master the technology of today and create the technology of the future.
Course code 2228
opens in a new window

Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Science

UNSW Canberra provides students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. The MPhil in Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Science is led by our world renowned academics.
Course code 2229
opens in a new window


Scholarships & funding

UNSW offers a wide range of scholarships and funding to both domestic and international students, at all levels of study. Exceptional research candidates can apply for scholarships to undertake a higher degree by research. Scholarships may include an annual stipend, tuition fee payment and student health cover.

Find a research supervisor

UNSW Canberra academics are leaders in their fields and are eager to work with emerging researchers from around the world. The expertise of our scholars covers a wide breadth of research areas. They will guide and support you through your higher degree postgraduate research study.

Access to world-class teaching & research facilities

We’re home to several cutting-edge facilities dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most complex problems. Our purpose-built workshops, laboratories, and specialised training facilities make UNSW Canberra the ideal location to gain hands-on experience and prepare you for your future career.

School contacts