Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offers postgraduate research supervision on a smaller scale than the PhD, towards which it can provide a pathway.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
January, July
Duration
2 years full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus

Course overview

The Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences) is a research degree designed for graduates from science and related disciplines who wish to pioneer new knowledge and present the culmination of their research via a thesis.

You will do an integrated research project that culminates in the submission of a thesis and demonstrates the capacity for critical analysis and original research.

Research areas within James Cook University include:

  • Botany
  • Chemical sciences
  • Climate change
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Marine biology
  • Marine ecology
  • Marine science
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeontology
  • Physics
  • Sustainability
  • Zoology

This is a two year full-time program offered both on and off campus.

Your research topic

You need to discuss your proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor.

To look for an appropriate supervisor, use the Find a Supervisor service from the Graduate Research School.

How to apply

As a guide, you will need to have completed one of the following:

• A Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division B (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a 0.5 semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade

• A postgraduate qualification, which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least 0.5 semester (or equivalent) and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Credit of better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;

• A Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Research Methods with a Grade Point Average of Credit or above in addition to a Bachelor’s degree. Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students website for more information, and then: Complete an online application by clicking on the link below.

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Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students website for more information.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

RM7001:03 Planning the Research: Masters Candidates

RM7002:03 Situating the Research: Masters Candidates

MR7001:00 Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Pathway into course

Please contact the Graduate Research School for details about pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Philosophy [Natural and Physical Sciences]

Course code

110103

Course type

Masters by Research (AQF level 9)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

JCU scholarship applicants require Band 3a

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)

2 EFTSL

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will have:

Knowledge:

  • A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines

  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.

Skills

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application

  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice

  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level

  • Cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research methods

  • Communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge.

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With creativity and initiative to new situations and/or for further learning

  • With high level personal autonomy and accountability

  • To plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

RM7001:03 Planning the Research: Masters Candidates

RM7002:03 Situating the Research: Masters Candidates

MR7001:00 Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns


Townsville


Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4.5 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months

Progression

Supervising body

Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)

Confirmation of candidature

See HDR Degree Requirements

Supervision

See HDR Degree Requirements

Progression

See HDR Degree Requirements

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

Maximum credit points of coursework subjects

15 credit points of non-core coursework subjects

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School

Advanced standing

Not eligible

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY

Approved abbreviation

MPhil

Inclusion of field of study on testamur

The field of research shall not appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion and have completed the appropriate subjects may be eligible for a Graduate Certificate

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.