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Master of Research- new academic calendar FAQs

In 2023, UniSQ is introducing an innovative and new Academic Calendar that allows you to better manage your study load and structure your own degree progression to balance work, family, and university commitments.

Understanding the academic calendar

In 2023, the Master of Research will be offered in the Interim Trimester academic calendar.

Interim Trimester is a study period of equal length occurring three times each year. Each Interim Trimester includes 12 weeks of classes, a final assessment week and a 2-week teaching recess. The first Interim Trimester study period for the Master of Research degree starts in February, 2023.

From 2024, Master of Research will be offered in the Trimester calendar.

The Trimester calendar will have little impact on your study patterns as the bulk of your work will be in independent research with your supervisory team. The new calendar will allow people to start their study at different times of the year. 
No, there are no requirements to take courses outside of this calendar.  
You only have to be enrolled for Trimesters 1 and 2. Trimester 3 (early September to early December) is optional. Also, the Trimester calendar don't offer any courses from mid-December to mid-January so there'll be plenty of opportunity to have a break from your studies.

Key dates

Download the Master of Research academic calendar to view all key dates throughout the 2023 academic year.

You can start your degree in Interim Trimester 1, Interim Trimester 2 or Interim Trimester 3.

You can start in any study period but coursework courses are only taught in Interim Trimesters 1 and 2.

Enrolment and course selection

Recommended enrolment patterns will be available in due course from the UniSQ Handbook. There are only 3 taught courses required, for the rest of the time you will be working on your independent research with your supervisory team.

You can find information about your courses, required pre-requisites and enrolment patterns in the UniSQ Handbook.
Enrolments for 2023 are open from 19 October 2023.


Assessments in the two taught courses will be adjusted, to reflect the alteration of volume of learning. 

Where to find more information

More information about the Master of Research will be available in the UniSQ Handbook from 19 October 2022.

Connect with us – start a conversation, whenever suits you. Contact us for more information.

You can also contact the Graduate Research School if you have any questions concerning the changes. 

Current students

There should be minimal impacts for existing students. The only change you will notice is an adjustment to the start and end dates for each teaching period. 
There will be information sessions held to answer any questions you may have. We will let you know about these sessions via the Graduate Research School monthly newsletter. 
All students will transition to the new calendar and we will be there to support you. 

About the degree

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.
The Psychology specialisation within the Master of Research is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Upon graduation of this specialisation within the Master of Research, you would be eligible to be registered as a Provisional Psychologist.
Yes, you can complete the Master of Research in 12 units, on completion of your thesis. For more information, talk to us at anytime. 

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Why UniSQ?

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Choose where, when and even how you study, with our flexible study options.
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