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The Master of Philosophy in Higher Education (MPhil HE) is a research degree with a coursework component designed to develop the research capability and scholarly practice of those who work in higher education. The program is suitable for those who have completed postgraduate study in higher education, or who have extensive work experience in higher education. The program provides the opportunity for candidates to extend their development beyond scholarly understanding and practice of learning and teaching concepts and issues in higher education to include the capacity to conduct research within an area of interest. Research areas may include: an aspect of teaching and learning in higher education such as assessment, curriculum, evaluation, language and literacy or student diversity; technology enabled learning and teaching in higher education, academic leadership; or management and policy in higher education.
The program is intended for those working in higher education (including academic staff, casual lecturers and tutors and professional staff) who may be engaged in, or moving towards, leadership roles within the higher education sector.
The program aims to support candidates to develop capability to conduct research into higher education and to disseminate outcomes of this research.
At the end of the program of study candidates will be able to:
Applicants are required to:
(a) hold an appropriate postgraduate qualification in education such as a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching or a Master of Education; or
(b) have significant experience (at least 3 years) as an academic or professional staff member in higher education in academic, management and/or leadership roles, and evidence of scholarly development of their practice related to learning and/or teaching in higher education and research experience as shown through an academic portfolio or through a significant record of scholarly work and publication in Higher Education.
The Master of Philosophy in Higher Education is a research degree with a coursework component. The thesis will embody the result of an original investigation into an area of higher education. A program of advanced study, comprising 24 units of credit of coursework, makes up the remainder of the program. The typical period of enrolment is three semesters (full time) and six semesters (part time) from the date of enrolment. For more information on the program structure please see the Conditions for the Award of the Degree webpage.
The thesis component will typically comprise an original piece of research of up to 40,000 words, which will be submitted as a thesis, or in the form of a series of publications (or manuscripts submitted to journals for publication), together with an Introduction and Summary/Concluding Remarks chapter.
The coursework component will comprise four courses selected from postgraduate coursework offerings in higher education and research methodology courses from within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Subject to the approval of the Faculty Higher Degree Committee, candidates may undertake interdisciplinary studies or be given permission to enrol in approved postgraduate courses from other tertiary institutions.
The structure is flexible but will typically comprise:
Scenario 1: Part-time
Scenario 2: Full-time
Select two elective courses from research methodology courses or higher education courses.
Note: Students must complete one course in Research Methodology (EDST5120 is highly recommended) and one other course in Research Methodology or Higher Education.
Please refer to the Condition for award of degrees - Master of Philosophy (MPhil).
Conversion from an MPhil to a PhD program is possible conditional on:
(i) satisfactory annual progress review and confirmation of candidature in accordance with UNSW Procedures for Review of Higher Degree Research Candidatures; and
(ii) satisfactory completion of the coursework component.
Fees Information for Postgraduate Research Students
Local students undertaking PhDs or Masters by Research at UNSW are not liable for course tuition fees. International postgraduate students should contact the Graduate Research School for information about fees: click here.
For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website: https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/fees/FeesMainPage.html
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