PhD and research degrees

Research training

In 2013, Macquarie University introduced a new postgraduate degree structure, making it the first Australian university to fully align with European, North American and Asian qualifications.

Consistent with the well-known 'Bologna model', the two-year full-time Master of Research (MRes) will replace most honours as the main pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

Full details about the Master of Research »


Higher research degrees are awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to conduct research independently, and forms a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject.  Our research programs can lead to two different research qualifications:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Full details about MPhil and PhD »

Combining coursework and research programs

You also have the option of enrolling in a combined research and coursework program. To work out the best approach for you, we recommend that you choose your area of interest and speak to an adviser.

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