Master of Philosophy

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


Scholarships & Funding

UNSW offers a wide range of scholarships and funding to both domestic and international students at all levels of study. Research candidates with exceptional potential who plan to undertake a higher degree by research are invited to apply for scholarships that provide a range of benefits and financial support such as an annual stipend, tuition fees, 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

Student Enquiries:

Higher Degree Research Coordinator
Dr Katie Moon
T: +61 2 5114 5694



General Enquiries:

Research Coordinator (Admissions)
Dr Daryl Essam
T: +61 2 5114 5130



Student Enquiries:

Research Coordinator
Dr Christina Spittel
T: +61 2 5114 5069



General Enquiries:

Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Dr Timothy Trudgian
T: +61 2 5114 5026