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Undertake cutting-edge research in the built environment
Melbourne School of Design offers two graduate research programs, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
The cross-disciplinary experience offered to graduate research students in the MSD produces graduates who actively contribute to the future development of cities and regions across the globe.
Master of Philosophy
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised masters (by research) degree. Students develop advanced skills in conducting independent and sustained research. The thesis of approximately 30,000 - 40,000 words should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship. The usual duration of the MPhil is 1.5 to 2 years full-time.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree offered by the University of Melbourne and indicates advanced knowledge and expertise in your field and high level research, conceptual and writing skills. It is a sustained piece of research and writing that examines a specific problem and, upon completion, makes a significant new contribution to your discipline. This takes the form of an 80,000 - 100,000 word thesis. All PhD students in the Faculty are research-based, there are no coursework PhDs offered. Increasingly, candidates are undertaking PhD projects which have direct industry links or which include a corpus of creative work. The usual duration of the PhD program is 3 years full-time.
Graduates from Research degrees at MSD become leaders of industry and academia, informing public policy and professional discourse.
Our graduates have gone on to work and research at many firms in Australia and across the world including:
MSD has an international reputation for excellence in built environment and urban research
MSD provides the highest quality research environment, attracting the best and brightest future researchers in our disciplines from around the world
Review the entry requirements for the MPhil and PhD programs prior to submitting an application