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Upgrade your qualifications to gain a competitive edge. CSU’s Master of Philosophy provides you with the opportunity to explore and create new knowledge in your field of interest through independent investigation of well-formulated research questions.

The Master of Philosophy allows you to develop and enhance your analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field and present your findings in a thesis.

  • Why study this course?

    You will develop a thorough understanding of scholarly debate and the capacity to critically analyse and constructively contribute to that debate to shape your research, resulting in a distinct contribution to knowledge of the subject. The Master of Philosophy may also be a pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy.

    Build your research expertise

    CSU's Research Narrative identifies three interdisciplinary spheres that encapsulate our research activity: resilient people, flourishing communities and sustainable environments. Under a paradigm of research excellence and partnership, you will design and implement a high-quality original research project of significance to your discipline.

    Join the CSU research community

    You will join a vibrant research community and complete your degree under the guidance of experienced academics with expertise in your discipline. As a Master of Philosophy candidate, you will have access to a range of valuable learning experiences, such as research seminars, conferences and industry events.

    Choose a study option to suit you

    CSU's Master of Philosophy has been designed with flexibility in mind. You can choose from full-time, part-time, on-campus and online study options, and applications for admission are considered at any time throughout the year.

    Consider applying for a scholarship

    CSU offers a number of merit-based scholarships to help you realise your study or career goals.

  • Career opportunities

    Master of Philosophy graduates are well placed to progress into a wide range of careers, depending on their areas of research, including high-level research, policy or industry roles in Australia or internationally in various professional arenas.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Students will work with their supervisory team to complete all aspects of the research project which constitutes the Master of Philosophy degree. The supervisory team will be comprised of one principal supervisor and at least one co-supervisor who are both permanent academic staff at Charles Sturt University. Supervisory teams may include additional co-supervisors who are adjuncts and/or external to CSU with appropriate qualifications. All supervisors will be required to meet minimum qualification and professional experience standards and have been formally registered on the CSU Supervisor Registry.

    Under the guidance of their supervisors, students will determine an appropriate area of study that aligns with the Faculty’s designated fields of research, where appropriate, gain ethics and other approvals, conduct a detailed research investigation, and write and submit a thesis for examination.

    Students are also required to complete and submit a formal research proposal that has been reviewed and endorsed by a review panel and approved through the School-based endorsement of candidature process. Students will also be required to engage with University progress reporting requirements as advised by the Research Office on admission. Additional requirements and conditions of enrolment, probation and progress may be applicable to individual students.

    Enrolment pattern

    Students will be enrolled in a single 128-point subject for the duration of their degree. The subject code will be determined according to the School in which students are enrolled within the Faculty of Science.

  • Admission information

    The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the University holds the delegated authority to approval for admission to a research higher degree programs.

    Master of Philosophy

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Master of Philosophy
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Master of Philosophy candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    • the proposed program of study and research is at a level appropriate to the degree being sought;
    • the proposed area of research falls within an approved University field of research for admission to a higher degree by research;
    • the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    • the applicant has the appropriate background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
    • the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

    Entry Qualifications for Master of Philosophy Degree
    The entry qualifications required for admission to a Master of Philosophy program are:

    • an appropriate Bachelor degree from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of three years (full-time equivalent) and with a minimum grade point average of 5.0; or
    • an appropriate Bachelor degree with honours from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent); or
    • some other appropriate combination of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications (such as relevant graduate diplomas) and research experience that demonstrate  capacity   to   undertake   research   at a Masters level.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    3000*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.


    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Online course offerings
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    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYYJTPH^
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPPGYYYGTPH^
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYYOTPH^
    Direct On campus Uni WideFPOS YYY ISPP*
    DirectOnlineUni Wide FPOSYY Y JSPH*
    DirectOn campus Uni Wide FPPG YY Y GSPH*
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    ^Non-laboratory based
    *Laboratory based

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must have completed a thesis that complies in full with the relevant regulations (H3: Higher Degree by Research: Examinable Works and Examination Regulations), and through the formal University examination process, is deemed to have met the requirements of a masters level degree. To graduate students must demonstrate that they have (a) a relevant depth and breadth of knowledge in the discipline, (b) made a distinct contribution to the discipline, (c) applied adequate research process and methodology, and (d) produced work that is worthy of formal publication.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Master of Philosophy Higher Degrees by Research - Additional Information

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    075523G (Uni Wide)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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