Exceptional candidates can extend their expertise in a chosen field by enrolling in a research degree. There are many ways to achieve your research goal, and here you can learn what’s involved in each.
Master your degree
You’re ready to become an expert in your field by completing a research degree. The first step in that direction is to understand your options.
We offer both masters by research and doctorates, and each course comes with its own set of eligibility requirements. Below is an overview of what you can expect for each.
Masters by research
A masters by research degree generally takes two years if you study full-time. Candidates are expected to submit a thesis – usually around 50,000 words in length – as their assessment but may also partake in research training coursework.
A PhD challenges you to make a significant contribution to your area of research. Over a period of three to four years, you will conduct a unique research project in your chosen field and present a final thesis of around 100,000 words to showcase your findings. You may present your thesis in various formats, but it is expected to make a significant contribution to your research field.
Graduates must have completed a masters or an honours year to be considered for acceptance in a doctoral program.
Flexible study options
We offer postgraduate research degrees in a range of delivery modes, to allow for the intensive nature of the research and writing requirements of these programs.
Research degrees on offer
Choose to make a real impact in your field by pursuing a higher degree research degree in arts, education, health sciences, law, business, theology or philosophy. Where you make your impact is up to you.
Master of Philosophy
The MPhil provides advanced research training and an opportunity to produce a thesis on a noteworthy piece of research in the field of your choice.
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Master of Theology (Research)
The MTheol(Res) offers candidates with a substantial background in theology the opportunity to undertake a major piece of theological research.
Find out more about the Master of Theology (Research)
Doctor of Philosophy
The PhD is an opportunity for candidates to conduct high-level research and make a substantial contribution of knowledge to your chosen field.
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Doctor of Philosophy (in Contemporary Humanism)
The PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) is an international and interdisciplinary program delivered in partnership with three international universities.
Find out more about the Doctor of Philosophy (in Contemporary Humanism)