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This program provides opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake advanced study and to produce a research-based dissertation. Students will develop appropriate research skills and specialist area knowledge that will enhance their career prospects or allow them to proceed to further appropriate higher degree studies.

Applied Research major

The major is designed to provide students with a combination of coursework and related research which will provide and enhance student knowledge across a range of science based disciplines.

Advanced Research major

This major is designed to provide students who have already undertaken substantial prior studies in a relevant area with the opportunity to focus on a significant research project in a related area.

Transfer between majors within this program is not possible.

Program objectives

General objectives

Successful completion of this program will enable graduates to:

  • identify, interpret and evaluate major issues of contemporary theory and practice in their discipline area

  • comprehend and evaluate developments in a chosen discipline area and critically examine the relationships between such developments and contemporary theory

  • apply a knowledge of the principles and ethics of research within their chosen discipline area

  • identify research topics and undertake research using appropriate methodology and current techniques

  • report and publish research outcomes.

Major Objectives

Applied Research major

Successful completion of the program will enable a graduate to:

  • extend the knowledge and research expertise of students entering the major with a three year degree

  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of a selected area of science

  • identify, interpret and evaluate major issues in contemporary theory and practice of scientific research in the disciplines within the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

  • apply current research techniques and methodology to the pursuit of specific research goals.

Advanced Research major

Successful completion of the program will enable a graduate to:

  • identify, interpret and evaluate major issues in contemporary theory and practice of scientific research in the disciplines within the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

  • apply current research techniques and methodology to the pursuit of specific research goals

  • extend and develop the research expertise and techniques of students entering the major with a four year degree or equivalent. Eligible students may apply to transfer to a PhD from this major.

Applied Research major

There are 12 units in the program. There are four coursework units which will include a research training course. Courses are normally at level 3 or above and are selected in consultation with the supervisor to reflect additional training complementary to the area of research to be undertaken. The research training course will consist of SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics or HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences or equivalent (as approved by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences).

Students who have previously completed SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics or HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences or an equivalent course elsewhere, will be required to undertake an alternative course selected in consultation with both their project supervisor and the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.

The remaining 8-unit research project will be undertaken in consultation with an approved supervisor. The first research project course SCI9012 Master of Science Research Project B is evaluated by a progress report and a dissertation proposal.

The student will prepare a dissertation based on independently conducted research. To successfully complete the dissertation, students will be required to select a research topic, carry out supervised research on the chosen topic using an appropriate research method and present and defend the results.

Advanced Research major

Candidates will be expected to conduct their studies in areas of science research that reflect the expertise of current staff in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. Most research active staff are also members of a USQ Research Centre. Details of current research programs and potential supervisors can be found on the relevant Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics and Computing Departmental and Research Centre webpages.

The emphasis of the program will be on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake independent research and professional practice. Accordingly, a major component of the program will be a supervised research project.

There are 12 units in the program. There is one unit of coursework research training and an 11-unit research project. Progress in the research courses is monitored via research reports co-ordinated by the Office of Research and Higher Degrees. In addition two of the research project courses (SCI9012 Master of Science Research Project B and SCI9013 Master of Science Research Project C) are formally evaluated. In the case of SCI9012 evaluation is by both a confirmation seminar and written confirmation proposal and in the case of SCI9013 by a progress seminar. The student will prepare a dissertation based on independently conducted research. To successfully complete the dissertation, students will be required to select a research topic, carry out supervised research on the chosen topic using an appropriate research method and present and defend the results.

The research training course will consist of SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics or HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences or equivalent (as approved by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences).

Students who have previously completed SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics or HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences or an equivalent course elsewhere, will be required to undertake an alternative course selected in consultation with the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.

Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete either major in this program.

Exit points

Students enrolled in the Applied Research major, who have successfully complete four coursework units and wish to exit without completing the program, may seek, with approval of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, to exit via Graduate Certificate of Science . Students must successfully complete this major prior to application for entry to the PhD program.
Students enrolled in the Advanced Research major, who wish to exit without completing the program, may on the basis of outstanding performance, seek to transfer to the PhD program on the completion of at least eight units within this major. To be eligible for transfer, students will have obtained an overall GPA of at least 6.0 averaged across both SCI9012 Master of Science Research Project B and SCI9013 Master of Science Research Project C. Following satisfactory completion of SCI9014 Master of Science Research Project D and subject to support from their supervisor, eligible students may apply for transfer to the PhD program. As such a transfer will involve an extension of the scope of the existing approved MSCR project, any such transfer will require the evaluation of a full PhD confirmation proposal and seminar. The material will be assessed via a Faculty PhD confirmation panel. As a result, a recommendation may be made to the University with respect to articulation to the PhD program with credit being given for the 8 units successfully undertaken within the MSCR. Students wishing to exit as above must discuss the procedures with the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.


Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


Program requirements

Application for AdmissionThe degree is centred on a research project, supervised by a principal and an associate supervisor. It is therefore essential that intending candidates clarify their topic for research and seek an academic staff member able to provide principal supervision. Application forms and advice on procedures for enrolment may be obtained from the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. Intending candidates are advised to allow several months for discussion with potential supervisors and for consideration of the application prior to the commencement of candidature. Intending applicants must consult the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences before they apply. Applicants must then submit a Direct Entry application form together with other information as specified by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. The applicants must receive approval from the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences for the proposed study plan, and may also be required to attend an interview with the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences prior to confirmation of acceptance. A satisfactory level of English (IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent) is essential as per normal University research degree entry requirements.Admission CriteriaMaster of Science (Research) (Applied Research)To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science (Research) (Applied Research), applicants must have:completed a three-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent, with a GPA of 4.5/7.0 or above, or equivalent score, in a relevant disciplineandacceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a USQ supervisor.Master of Science (Research) (Advanced Research)To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science (Research) (Advanced Research), applicants must have either:completed a four-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent, with a GPA of 4.5/7.0 or above, or equivalent, in a relevant disciplineorcompleted a three-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent and have successfully completed a coursework masters, with a GPA of 4.5/7.0 or above, or equivalent score, in a relevant discipline orcompleted a three-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent and either successfully completed a Postgraduate diploma in a relevant area or, have successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in a relevant area together with the equivalent of a minimum of two years work experience deemed to be appropriate by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences or, have very substantial equivalent industry experience deemed to be appropriate by the Facultyandacceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a USQ supervisor. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
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