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Higher degrees by research programs encourage you to develop independent research skills and are for students who want to pursue their own theories and ideas at a high conceptual level. The skills developed as part of a research degree include the ability to formulate a significant research problem, relate the research to the broader framework of knowledge in the chosen area, and the mastery of appropriate skills to tackle the problem. Research results are incorporated into a thesis, which is submitted for examination.
Undertaking a higher degree by research requires a much greater commitment of time than a coursework degree: at least 36 hours per week for 48 weeks of the year, for a full-time student. Traditionally, research-level study has been viewed as a pathway to a research or academic career. However, employers recognise that the skills gained through a higher degree by research program are also highly applicable in the workplace.