Master of Philosophy

Master of Philosophy is a higher degree obtained after a period of study primarily devoted to an extensive research project, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The aims, objectives and learning outcomes are as follows:

Aims: To qualify individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of context for research and scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.

Objectives: The aims are achieved through a period (typically one to two years) of supervised individual research beyond the Bachelors level. This research will culminate in the submission of a thesis which may contain materials that can be published in academic journals.

Learning outcomes are (as demonstrated in the AQF level 9 criteria and MQF Masters level):

1. Knowledge

Graduates will have:

  • a body of knowledge that include understanding of recent development in a discipline;
  • advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of study.

2. Skills:

Graduates will have expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences, through publication of research outcomes

3. Application of knowledge and skills:

Graduates will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

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