New research Masters is backed by scholarships

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be undertaken across any of the University's research disciplines.
Photo by Randy Larcombe.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be undertaken across any of the University's research disciplines.
Photo by Randy Larcombe.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The University of Adelaide has introduced a new, intensive research-based Masters degree starting in 2010 - and is offering $200,000 worth of scholarships to students in the first intake.

The new degree is the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which can be undertaken across any of the University's research disciplines.

"This new degree is an introductory research program which enables transition directly from Bachelor level to Masters level without the need for Honours," says Professor Richard Russell, Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Operations and Dean of Graduate Studies.

"It's an ideal alternative to Honours for those students who have outstanding undergraduate records, or who are interested in researching for a longer periods than Honours or coursework Masters degrees allow."

Widely recognised in the UK and the European Union, the two-year MPhil program allows students to study a research topic of their choosing, similar to the way Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates undertake their research.

Initially 10 scholarships each valued at $20,000 per annum will be available for students who enter the Master of Philosophy program directly from their undergraduate degree.

The University of Adelaide is the first university in the State, and one of the few universities in Australia, to offer such a degree program.

"This new Masters program is another opportunity for students to undertake research and provides further pathways into university study. Most importantly, it gives students added flexibility to choose the program that is best suited to them," Professor Russell says.

"Students interested in doing a PhD might also find that the MPhil is a better way for them to test the waters - it could help them to make up their minds about whether or not to conduct longer-term research projects."

The MPhil is currently open only to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

Applications for entry and for scholarships close on Friday 13 November 2009. For more information, visit: www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre

 

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