Master of Science (Research)

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Science (Research)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Tel 03 9244 6699

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code084814M
Deakin course code S820

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Science (Research) aims to meet the growing need for well-trained scientists to work in applied, commercial and innovative industry environments and government organisations/departments.  The course focuses on research training for students mainly wishing to progress towards higher degree research studies. As a pathway to PhD studies, the course has a key component in the form of a research project.  This provides ideal preparation for potential research higher degree studies or sufficient expertise for graduates to be considered experts in a scientific field.  

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

Year 1 (8 credit points):

  • 4 core units (4 credit points)
  • A specialism comprising of four units (4 credit points)

Year 2 (8 credit points):

  • 2 x Research Thesis units (four credit points each)



Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Frontier Sciences


Information Technology

Sustainable Regional Development


Course structure

Year 1

Trimester 1

SSC803Research Planning and Management ^

SSC801Research Frontiers Project 1 ^

Plus two units chosen from a specialism

Trimester 2

SSC804Research Communication ^

SSC802Research Frontiers Project 2 ^

Plus two units chose from a specialism

Year 2

Trimester 1

SSC805LResearch Thesis 1 (4cp)*

Trimester 2

SSC806LResearch Thesis 2 (4cp)*

^ units are available in both trimester 1 and trimester 2

* available from 2016

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

A bachelor's degree in the appropriate science, engineering, or information technology field that is aligned with the chosen specialisation in the Master of Science (Research). The undergraduate qualification must be equivalent to an Australian degree of at least three years of full-time study with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) or grade point average (GPA) of 65% in the final year units/subjects.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.