Combining coursework and a thesis, this program will prepare you for multiple professional pathways. It’s also an ideal choice if you have limited research experience and are seeking a pathway into a PhD. 

  • 1.5-2 years (full time) minimum commitment of 35 – 40 hours per week OR
  • 3-6 years (part time) minimum commitment of 15 hours per week.
  • Arts, Design and Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Law and Justice
  • Medicine and Health
  • Science
  • UNSW Canberra
  • Completion of 18 – 24 credit points of coursework
  • A thesis of no more than 40,000 words.


UNSW undertakes world-class research that tackles some of the greatest challenges facing society today. When you join the UNSW research community, you join a passionate collective of people who are using research to transform minds, transform lives, and transform the world.

UNSW will support you to develop the skills and expertise you need to make a difference in your field. We are committed to providing you with an unmatched research experience that includes outstanding research training and mentorship, world-class supervision, and access to research environments defined by excellence and collaboration.

You will receive advanced specialist research training, including coursework in your discipline, and produce a thesis that provides evidence for independent thought, critical analysis, and expert knowledge of the discipline in an international context.

Find information about individual programs and codes for each Faculty on the UNSW Handbook.

Learn about the graduate attributes and learning outcomes for UNSW higher degree research programs here

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to a Master of Philosophy is:

  • A Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from UNSW; or
  • an equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution as determined by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC)

Future careers

You may think of yourself as a student, but we think of you as a professional researcher in the early stages of a long and vibrant career.

UNSW will provide you with the skills and expertise to pursue a range of career pathways after you graduate, from academia to industry.

You’ll also have access to the most comprehensive student entrepreneurship program in Australia, that can help you develop your ideas, raise capital and launch a startup.

Fees and costs

The costs associated with enrolment in this program vary depending on whether you are a domestic or international candidate. Learn more about the fees and costs here.