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Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research


Macquarie University
Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (BPhil/MRes)
Required Supporting Documents:
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2 years
Study Period Offerings:
Session 1 (February)
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for this degree 64
Minimum number of credit points at 700 level 28
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level 32
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
This program is available as a research training pathway for domestic students. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Master of Research (MRes).

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points


Research Communications (4)
4cp from
Research Frontiers in Biology (4)
Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (4)
Research Frontiers in Computing 1 (4)
Research Frontiers in Environment and Geography 1 (4)
Research Frontiers 1 (4)
Research Frontiers in Business and Economics (4)
Research Frontiers in Human Sciences (4)
Research Frontiers: Advances in Earth and Planetary Sciences (4)
Research Frontiers in Mathematics (4)
Research Frontiers in Medical Science 1 (4)
Research Frontiers in Physics and Astronomy 1 (4)
Research Frontiers in Statistics (4)
20cp from
Units at 700 level
4cp from
One unit at 700 level OR
Ancient Languages Foundation (4)
Reading Academic Texts in German I (4)
Reading Academic Texts in German II (4)
Reading Academic Texts in French (4)
32cp from
Master of Research - Accounting and Corporate Governance (32)
Master of Research - Indigenous Studies (32)
Master of Research - Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies (32)
Master of Research - Ancient History (32)
Master of Research - Health Innovation (32)
Master of Research - Anthropology (32)
Master of Research - Advanced Medicine (32)
Master of Research - Biology (32)
Master of Research - Chemistry and Biomolecular Science (32)
Master of Research - Chiropractic (32)
Master of Research - Cognitive Science (32)
Master of Research - Computing (32)
Master of Research - Early Childhood (32)
Master of Research - Economics (32)
Master of Research - Education (32)
Master of Research - Engineering (32)
Master of Research - English (32)
Master of Research - Environmental Sciences (32)
Master of Research - Earth and Planetary Science (32)
Master of Research - Geography and Planning (32)
Master of Research - International Studies (32)
Master of Research - Law (32)
Master of Research - Linguistics (32)
Master of Research - Mathematics (32)
Master of Research - MGSM (32)
Master of Research - Modern History (32)
Master of Research - Marketing and Management (32)
Master of Research - Music, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies (32)
Master of Research - Philosophy (32)
Master of Research - Health Profession (32)
Master of Research - Physics and Astronomy (32)
Master of Research - Policing, Intellignce and Counter Terrorism (32)
Master of Research - Politics and International Relations (32)
Master of Research - Psychology (32)
Master of Research - Sociology (32)
Master of Research - Special Education (32)
Master of Research - Statistics (32)


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Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

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