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Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture)

Location
Townsville, External, Cairns, Singapore
Commencing
January, July
Duration
2 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
External, Internal
Entry Requirements
Bachelor degree with conditions
QTAC Code
Not applicable
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JCU Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture) graduates are internationally recognised as experts who contribute valuable new knowledge in their fields.

Graduates pursue careers in research, anthropology, archaeology, criminology, culture, economics, English, History, Indigenous studies, linguistics, law, political science, social work, sociology, women’s studies, and education.

You could find employment in a broad range of areas relating to society and culture, as well as a research professional, lecturer, or school teacher. Graduates can also continue their independent research in a Doctor of Philosophy.

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

The Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture) is a research degree designed for graduates from social sciences 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.

JCU research areas include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • English and English literature
  • History
  • Indigenous studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Political science and political innovation
  • Regional development
  • Social justice and community wellbeing
  • Disaster and hazards
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Women's studies

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

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research advisor. To identify an appropriate advisor, use the Find an Advisor service from the Graduate Research School.

To be eligible to apply for entry to a Research Masters degree an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Research Masters level by the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree with either a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in the final full time year of study, or with demonstrated research experience.

Visit the Graduate Research School website for more information, and then complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

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Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture)

Handbook year

2020

Course code

110903

Course type

Masters by Research (AQF level 9)

Division

Division of 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.

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

MR7009:00 Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Society and Culture)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Singapore

 

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

Credit

Nil

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

Domestic students are not charged tuition fees for JCU’s Master of Philosophy degrees. Other charges may apply.

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

The pathway into a JCU Masters of Philosophy degree is to have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree with GPA 5.5 in the final year or demonstrated research experience.
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