Master of Science (Research)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 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), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$28,000 - Full-fee paying place
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 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.

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 2016, 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 2016 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.

Career opportunities

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 rules

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.

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

Year 1 - Trimester 2

SSC804Research Communication ^

SSC802Research Frontiers Project 2 ^

Plus two units chose from a specialism

Year 2 - Trimester 1

SSC805LResearch Thesis 1 (4cp)

Year 2 - Trimester 2

SSC806LResearch Thesis 2 (4cp)*

^ units are available in both trimester 1 and trimester 2

* available from 2017

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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Regional Development (S504)
Graduate Diploma of Sustainable Regional Development (S604)