Master of Research

Master of Research: Outline

Traditionally in Australian universities students take an honours year (a fourth year of a bachelor degree with a mix of coursework and small thesis project) as the pathway to a PhD. Macquarie has moved away from this, with the new entry requirement for a PhD being a Master of Research (MRes). This is a two-year degree, with the first year being advanced coursework, and the second year dedicated to a project. It’s designed to be aligned with Europe’s Bologna Process model of graduate study and the beginning of a US graduate program.

There’s a stipend (scholarship) available for full-time domestic students. And it’s possible to get credit for previous study (e.g. a coursework masters, or an honours degree) for entry straight into the second year — effectively, it’s an extra year to work on the PhD project.

For more information about the MRes in general:

You can also find information about the structure of the MRes: