CA45 - Master of Arts (by Research)
At a glance
The Master of Arts Degree (by Research) is a course of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge.
|Study modes||On-Campus, Online|
|Availability||Adelaide; Brisbane; Bundaberg; Cairns; Emerald; Gladstone Marina; Mackay Ooralea; Melbourne; Noosa; Perth; Rockhampton North; Sydney; Townsville; Online Study|
|Duration||2 years full-time, 4 years part-time|
|Intake dates||March, July, November|
A higher degree by research is usually required for an academic career or a professional career in research. In addition, many discipline-specific employers recognise the skills developed through research degree are applicable in the workplace.
The Master of Arts Degree (by Research) is a course of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge. The course is governed by the Research Higher Degree Course Rules Policy and Procedure, which provide details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis. Consultation with the university will assist you to determine eligibility for admission, to identify the proposed areas of research and to ascertain the availability of suitable supervisors.
Structure and assessment
Discipline-specific unit codes are allocated according to the faculty and discipline in which you undertake your research in. Within each unit code, provision is made to identify the mode of attendance as full-time, or part-time. Mode of attendance shall be determined at admission or re-enrolment.
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No residential schools are required.
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.
You may be considered for admission to candidature for the Masters degree if you:
hold an honours degree from the University or any other approved institution in a relevant discipline; or
hold a three (3) year undergraduate degree and a graduate diploma at a high level of academic performance in a relevant discipline; or
hold a three (3) year undergraduate degree at a high level of academic performance in a relevant discipline, plus a minimum of one year's relevant work experience; or
hold a three (3) year undergraduate degree with a credit level Grade Point Average (GPA); or
hold a four (4) year undergraduate degree with a credit level Grade Point Average (GPA); or
hold an alternative qualification deemed by the Committee to be of equivalent scope and standard.
Persons only holding a pass degree, and who do not satisfy any of the criteria specified above, will be required to successfully complete relevant coursework units in research training, prior to being considered for admission.
If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.
Fees and scholarships
Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered
- Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
- domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
- international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.
In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.
Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.
PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.
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Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.
How to Apply
You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.
CQUniversity Australia offers a range of Research Higher Degree programs to meet your needs.
Unlike coursework study, a Research Higher Degree typically does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. A research higher degree is a program of supervised research and study leading to the preparation and submission of a thesis.
An application for Admission to a Research Higher Degree at CQUniversity may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni International Web page. To do so,
- Follow this link
You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni Handbook. To do so,
- Enter the name of the Course you wish to study into the search field here
- Select the Apply Now button.
The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide (available here) provides detailed information about eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the application, selection and offer process.
The Research Higher Degrees Course Rules Policy and Procedure includes information about qualifications for admission, supervision, responsibilities, and attendance at the University. The Policy and Procedure can be accessed here.
Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via http://contactus.cqu.edu.au.
Frequently Asked Questions
Research Higher Degree applications may be submitted at any time of the year. The commencement date for candidature will be negotiated between the candidate and the University, and may be reliant on resources or supervisor availability.
The Research Higher Degree online application process begins with submission of a Preliminary Proposal which asks you to select your course, campus/study mode and provide a brief description of your proposed research topic.
Following receipt of your Preliminary Proposal your application will be assessed for availability of supervision. A proposed supervisor may contact you via email to discuss your proposed topic, assist you to develop a research proposal, and determine availability of resources and alignment with the University’s research priority areas.
You may then be invited to submit a full application for admission. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.
Depending on the outcome of your application, you may be made an offer to study at CQUniversity. You will be advised on the outcome of your application admission via email, generally within fourteen days from receipt of your full application. If you choose to accept your offer you must commence your candidature within six months from the Offer date.
An applicant who does not meet the Entry Requirements for a Research Higher Degree may be offered a place in a lower level research higher degree and/or required to complete prescribed units prior to or concurrent with admission to the course.
International applicants or domestic applicants with educational qualifications from an institution that does not instruct in English may be required to present evidence of English language proficiency, prior to admission being granted.
Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable thank you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources. For more information view our fees and resources section.
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For further information
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