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The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of UNSW Sydney offers the opportunity to gain valuable interdisciplinary research training that meets the needs of twenty-first-century researchers and leaders of society. It consists of three compulsory courses and a 25,000 word research thesis supervised by our academic experts. You will  complete 1 common compulsory course, 1 specialisation-specific course and 1 discipline-specific course, each focusing on research training from broad, foundational work through trans-disciplinary study to specialisation. The different MPhil specialisations provide grounding in fields that are unlike traditional “majors”. Instead they are closely aligned with the Faculty’s diverse research strengths, the expertise of its staff, and the employment market. The program is especially suited to individuals with an undergraduate degree who wish to return from the workforce to develop research skills and explore contemporary problems from cross-disciplinary points of view. Successful completion of the degree may qualify for admission to doctoral level research.



Study Level


Typical duration

1.5 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Research)


Master of Philosophy - MPhil



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Program Structure

Students must complete 72 UOC as a standalone program.

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Program Fees

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