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Master of Research

Master of Research (MRES)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Ipswich
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul


  • Have you completed a bachelor degree and wish to enhance your research skills in a specialised area? The Master of Research at UniSQ allows you to develop your research skills, specialist knowledge and produce original contributions in your chosen field, supported by expert professionals and renowned academics.
  • Expand your critical thinking, applied research and evaluation skills, developing rigorous research design capabilities, and the ability to report and share your research outcomes.
  • A Master of Research qualification not only gives you an opportunity to make real and lasting impact in your chosen area, but also indicates to prospective employers that you possess strong competencies in time-management, problem-solving and commitment. 
  • As well as enhancing your career prospects, this Higher Degree by Research provides thorough research training if you seek to pursue further doctoral study.  
  • Explore research across a variety of UniSQ areas, including (but not limited to):
    • Astronomy
    • Agricultural Science
    • Computer Science
    • Creative Arts
    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing and Midwifery
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Sport and Exercise
    • Statistics, and more!

Further study

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) provides a further study pathway (providing you meet the entry requirements).

Professional accreditation

The Psychology specialisation will seek accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). You will be required to undertake the compulsory courses within this specialisation in order to meet this accreditation.

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Master of Research, you will develop fundamental research skills and specialist area knowledge that will enhance your career prospects or enable you to proceed to further higher degree by research studies.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completed a 3-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent, with a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or above, or equivalent score, in a relevant discipline


  • Completed a 3-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent, and have successfully completed a coursework masters, with a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or above, or equivalent score, in a relevant discipline


  • acceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a UniSQ supervisor.

  • In addition to the above, students in the Psychology research specialisation will need to have completed an APAC-accredited 3-year sequence undergraduate program in psychology and to be current in the area of psychology. This means students need to have commenced their studies in an APAC-accredited program no earlier than 8 years previous to the year of application and have satisfied requirements for the award of the degree no more than 3 years previously. The rationale for this is to ensure students can still demonstrate a breadth/depth of knowledge, skills, and application in psychology and meet APAC competencies.


English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


UniSQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.   

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core research courses and electives 16
Total 16
Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

You have the opportunity to participate in an optional industry internship placement relevant to your research area.

Internships provide HDR students with the opportunity to establish professional networks, enhance employability outcomes, demonstrate and strengthen professional and research skills and gain experience professional experience.   

Internships require approval from your Primary Supervisor and the Graduate Research School.

Internships can be self-sourced or facilitated by a third-party provider. The Graduate Research School can provide guidance on navigating potential internship opportunities.  

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 30640

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) degree will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral degree, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research degree.

As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR degree. Once a student completes an HDR degree, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the degree, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees, or if meeting the eligibility criteria be able to apply for a FEE-Help loan


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

Prior to applying, you will need to clarify your research topic and find a research supervisor. You will then also need to submit a Direct Entry application form together with other information as specified by the Graduate Research School. You must receive approval from your research supervisor for the proposed study plan and thesis topic prior to confirmation of acceptance.

To learn more about the application process and how to find and connect with a research supervisor please visit the Higher Degrees by Research website.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 25 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 3, 2022 - Monday 14 November, 2022.
  • Semester 1, 2023 starts in February 2023.
  • Semester 2, 2023 starts in July, 2023.

Further information

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