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This is the main Masters level research program for postgraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine. Candidates must demonstrate ability to undertake research by the submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation.

The degree of Master of Science by research may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the Higher Degree Committee of the appropriate faculty (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who has demonstrated ability to undertake research by the submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation. See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.


An approved candidate shall be enrolled in one of the following categories:

  • full-time attendance at the University;
  • part-time attendance at the University;
  • external - not in regular attendance at the University and using research facilities external to the University.

A candidate shall be required to undertake an original investigation or design on an approved topic. The candidate may also be required to undergo such examination and perform such other work as may be prescribed by the Committee.

The work shall be carried out under the direction of a supervisor appointed from the full-time members of the University staff.

The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed annually by the Committee following a report by the candidate, the supervisor and the head of the school and as a result of such review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.

A candidate shall be enrolled for a minimum of 96 units of credit (uoc) and up to a maximum of 144uoc.



Study Level


Typical duration

2 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Research)


Master of Science - MSc



Entry Requirements

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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