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Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (Arts)


Macquarie University
Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (Arts) (BPhil/MRes)
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
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

700 level

Research Communications (4)
Research Frontiers 1 (4)
Research Paradigms (4)
16cp from
Units at 700 level
4cp from
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)

800 level

32cp from
Master of Research - Indigenous Studies (32)
Master of Research - Ancient History (32)
Master of Research - Anthropology (32)
Master of Research - English (32)
Master of Research - Geography and Planning (32)
Master of Research - International Studies (32)
Master of Research - Law (32)
Master of Research - Modern History (32)
Master of Research - Music, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies (32)
Master of Research - Philosophy (32)
Master of Research - Cyber, Policing, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Security Studies and Criminology (32)
Master of Research - Politics and International Relations (32)
Master of Research - Sociology (32)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148