Master of Philosophy


The Master of Philosophy award will take between one and two years of full-time research to complete (the MPhil can also be completed as a part-time degree).

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Philosophy generally requires Bachelor degree with First Class Honours. Admission may be granted if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

This award is conducted in English and is delivered principally on the basis of a research thesis comprising of original written work, most typically limited to 60,000 words.

Indicative fees

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme. The RTS provides funding for the research program up to a maximum of two years (full-time) for a Masters program.

International students

Annual indicative fees for international students are $36,528.


International students should consider applying to eligible schemes, such as the Australia Awards Scholarships and the Endeavour Awards Scholarships.

ANU also offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. Potential students can search available scholarships on the ANU Scholarships website.

Eligibility for scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

Application deadlines

HDR applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. However, please keep in mind that: (a) there are deadlines for scholarships; and (b) there are significant advantages to commencing study at the beginning of the Australian academic year (February).

Updated:  12 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet