Master of Science (Research)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Master of Science (Research)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||2 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
|CRICOS course code||084814M|
|Deakin course code||S820|
- Course overview
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
The first of its kind to be offered at Deakin, the Master of Science (Research) comprises a unique combination of coursework and research, and is ideally suited to those seeking a pathway between undergraduate and PhD studies. You will develop expertise in a different but related discipline area from that of your undergraduate degree to build skills necessary for a professional career in research or industry.
The course offers a distinctive suite of specialisations to provide opportunities in advanced research training, specialised coursework and professional skills development. The first year of the course includes units related to the specialisation of your choice and is focused on research training and methods. The second year of the degree comprises a research thesis.
The flexibility offered by this course enables you to graduate with a specialised degree that has been customised to suit your research interests and career aspirations. You can choose one of the nine specialisations on offer and explore areas in engineering, information technology, biotechnology, frontier materials and nanotechnology, and sustainable regional development.
This course meets the growing need for well-trained scientists to work in applied, commercial and innovative industry environments and government organisations/departments.
As a graduate of this course you will be well-prepared for professional employment or further research training in fields aligned to your area of specialisation. Depending on the specialisation undertaken, you may find employment in a range of careers including policy development in government or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as opportunities for industry researchers in engineering, information technology and frontier science.
The course prepares students for a career in research and industry. Graduates from the proposed Master of Science (Research) will be well prepared to continue their doctoral studies at Deakin or elsewhere.
Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.
Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
To complete the Master of Science (Research), students must attain 16 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 16 credit points, you’ll need to study 16 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The 16 credit points include 4 core units (these are compulsory), 2 research thesis units (comprising 4 credit points each) and 4 units from a major study. You will be required to complete at least one major study as part of this course.
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
Sustainable Regional Development
Year 1 - Trimester 1
|SSC803||Research Planning and Management ^|
|SSC801||Research Frontiers Project 1 ^|
Plus two units chosen from a specialism
Year 1 - Trimester 2
|SSC804||Research Communication ^|
|SSC802||Research Frontiers Project 2 ^|
Plus two units chose from a specialism
Year 2 - Trimester 1
|SSC805L||Research Thesis 1 (4cp)|
Year 2 - Trimester 2
|SSC806L||Research Thesis 2 (4cp)|
^ units are available in both trimester 1 and trimester 2
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 and how to apply for credit.
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.
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