2017 Postgraduate Courses

Master of Philosophy | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Testamur Title of Degree:

Master of Philosophy



UOW Course Code:



078333A (Science)
078345G (Health)

Total Credit Points:



2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus and Distance

Delivery Campus:


Innovation Campus (Biofabrication and Electromaterials only)

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Master of Philosophy provides an opportunity for students to pursue independent research in discipline areas associated with the Schools in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. The Master of Philosophy comprises 24 credit points of coursework and a 72 credit point thesis. Academic Units may award advanced standing for the coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

Information relating to research in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health can be found on the Faculty Research Students webpage. Information relating to research in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health can be found on the Faculty Research Students webpage. Students should note that this site does not contain an exhaustive list of possible topics; instead it provides information on a sample of potential areas of interest. Students are encouraged to talk to potential supervisors to discuss research topics. Information regarding UOW's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services can be found under Research & Innovation.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in a discipline area to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories.
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure

The degree comprises a coursework component (24cp) and a research component (72cp). The coursework component of the degree will comprise 24cp of 900 level subjects approved by the Head of Postgraduate Studies. Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy. In the research component, which comprises 72cp, candidates prepare their research thesis.


Please chose from one of the specialisations below to view the course structure relevant to your area of research;

International Students

RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing is designed to help international Higher Degree Research (HDR) students with their thesis writing skills in the early stages of their degree. Enrolment in this subject is compulsory for all Master of Philosophy international students who are from a Non English Speaking Background (NESB).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 10 November, 2016