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    Master of Philosophy

    Charles Sturt University

    Charles Sturt University

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    Australia, Port Macquarie

    University RankQS Ranking
    810

    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

    Full Time

    Delivery

    On Campus

    Course Code

    001257M

    Campuses

    Uni Wide

    Program Language

    English

    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines11-Nov-2024 14-Feb-2025
    Apply to this program

    Go to the official application for the university

    Duration 2 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 36,800  / year
    Apply Date 14-Feb-2025
    Next Intake 11-Nov-2024

    Master of Philosophy

    About

    The Master of Philosophy from Charles Sturt University gives you with the opportunity to explore and create new knowledge in your field of interest through independent investigation of well-formulated research questions that tackle real-world issues.

    Upgrade your qualifications to gain a competitive edge.

    Domestic research candidates studying a Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy course may be eligible to receive a Research Fee Offset Scholarship to pay for their applicable tuition fees. 

    The Master of Philosophy allows you to develop and enhance your analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field and present your findings in a thesis. You'll develop a thorough understanding of scholarly debate and the capacity to critically analyse and constructively contribute to that debate to shape your research, resulting in a distinct contribution to knowledge of the subject. The Master of Philosophy may also be a pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy. < dl>

    Build your research expertise

    Our Research narrative identifies three interdisciplinary spheres that encapsulate our research goals: resilient people, flourishing communities and sustainable environments. So you'll design and implement a high-quality original research project of significance to your discipline and of benefit to your community.

    Study your way

    The Master of Philosophy has been designed with flexibility in mind. You can choose from full-time, part-time, on-campus and online study options, and applications for admission are considered at any time throughout the year.

    Join our community

    You'll join a vibrant research community of scholars and complete your degree under the guidance of experienced academics who are leaders in your discipline. As a Master of Philosophy student, you'll have access to a range of valuable learning experiences, such as research seminars, conferences and industry events.

    We have a range of scholarships

    You may be eligible for a number of merit-based scholarships to help you realise your study or career goals.

    Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    The University bases its decision on admission to a proposed Master of Philosophy candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    • the proposed program of study and research is at a level appropriate to the degree being sought;
    • the proposed area of research falls within an approved University field of research for admission to a higher degree by research;
    • the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    • the applicant has the appropriate background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
    • the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).


    Entry Qualifications for Master of Philosophy Degree

    The entry qualifications required for admission to a Master of Philosophy program are:

    • an appropriate Bachelor degree from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of three years (full-time equivalent) and with a minimum grade point average of 5.0; or
    • an appropriate Bachelor degree with honours from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent);
      or
    • some other appropriate combination of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications (such as relevant graduate diplomas) and research experience that demonstrate capacity to undertake research at a Masters level.

    English Program Requirements

    Career

    When you graduate, you'll be ready to make your mark in a wide range of careers, including:

    • Spatial analyst
    • Mineral resource geologist and analyst
    • Reserve engineers
    • Precision agriculture consultant
    • Environmental scientist/consultant
    • GIS officer/analyst
    • Agricultural data scientists

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load


    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 36,800 

    How to Apply

    The process to apply to study with us is simple, just follow these steps. 

    Step 1: Choose your course

    Choose a course from the list of courses available to international students. Each course lists the fees for the course for that year. 

    Make sure you change the search filter to 'international'. This will ensure courses available for international students to study will display.

    Step 2: Check the entry requirements and application dates

    All of your course entry requirements (academic and English) can be found online.

    If you have not reached the level required for entry to your chosen course, there are other pathways you can follow.

    Higher Education Application Dates

    Semester 3 2023 Semester 1 2024 Semester 2 2024 Semester 3 2024

    Last date to submit offshore applications 

    15 October 2023 22 January 2024 20 May 2024 23 September 2024

    Last date to submit onshore applications 

    24 October 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024

    Last date to submit applications for course changes/transfers 

    29 October 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024
    Orientation week commences 30 October 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024

    Teaching commences

    6 November 2023 4 March 2024 8 July 2024 4 November 2024
    Census date 27 November 2023 24 March 2024 29 July 2024 25 November 2024

    TAFE Application Dates

    Semester 1 2024 Semester 2 2024
    Last date to submit offshore applications  20 November 2023 17 June 2024
    Last date to submit onshore applications  22 December 2023 24 June 2024
    Teaching commences 1 January 2024 1 July 2024
    Census date 11 March 2024 11 August 2024

    CDU International College

    Semester 3 2023 Semester 1 2024 Semester 2 2024 Semester 3 2024

    Last date to submit offshore applications 

    25 October 2023 22 January 2024 20 May 2024 23 September 2024

    Last date to submit onshore applications 

    1 November 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024

    Teaching commences

    6 November 2023 4 March 2024 8 July 2024 4 November 2024
    Census date 27 November 2023 24 March 2024 29 July 2024 25 November 2024
    Step 3: Apply online or through an agent

    Applications must be submitted online through our application portal. You’ll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online. 

    You can lodge a direct application. However, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you are not able to submit a direct application via the application portal, then apply through one of our registered agents.

    Option 1: Direct

    Submit your application to study at CDU via the online portal.

    Option 2: Agent

    We have authorised representatives in many countries, and you may use their services to assist you in the application process. Education agents are generally able to help you with your visa application as well as your university application.

    Please select your country of nationality to find our other overseas or external representatives.

    When applying for your course, ensure that your application form is completed as an incomplete application may delay the application process. You’ll also need to provide and label correctly all the required documentation below:

    1. Passport copy showing all relevant information
    2. Proof of English language proficiency test
    3. A well-written Statement of Purpose (Single) or Statement of Purpose (Family)
    4. Certified copies of all academic transcripts, award certificates including grading systems information and English translations (whenever applicable)
    5. Resume
    6. Other supporting documents.

    Scholarships

    We offer an exciting and generous range of scholarships to support international students coming to study at CDU. More information on available international scholarships can be found on our international student scholarship page.

    Apply for Credit, Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning (RLP) (if applicable)

    Please indicate in your application if you will be applying for advanced standing based on previous studies and submit the following documents:

    • Certified academic transcripts of your previous study along with unit outlines (and certified English translation, if required). 
    • Completed HE113 Application for Exemption form.

    View more details about Advanced standing at CDU.

    The University may ask for further documentation if required at any time of the application process. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number which will allow you to track the status of your application. Remember to include this reference number in all correspondences with the University about your application.

    Certifying documents

    What is a certified document?

    A certified document is a copy of an original document that a qualified person has cited and confirmed as correct and legitimate. When you need a document to be certified, you must have both the copy and the original with you.

    Who can certify my documents?

    The person who certifies your document/s must be contactable by telephone during normal working hours.

    Your documents must be certified by one of the following authorised officers:

    • Any CDU staff member
    • Any manager-level staff or higher from the Institution the academic document has come from
    • The official records department of the Institution that initially issued the document/s
    • An Australian overseas diplomatic mission and an Australian Education Centre
    • The Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
    • A Justice of the Peace (JP)/Notary with a registration number
    • An accountant - must be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or the Australian Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or be a Registered Tax Agent
    • A CDU-registered international agent
    • A bank manager, but not a manager of a bank travel centre
    • A credit union branch manager
    • A commissioner for declarations
    • A barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
    • A police officer in charge of a police station, or of the rank of sergeant and above
    • A postal manager
    • A Principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
    • A medical practitioner

    It is important to note that you (or immediate family members) cannot certify your documents, even if you or they belong to one of the categories listed above.

    How should the authorised officer certify each document?

    The certifying officer must print the following text on all pages of the copied document:

    'I certify this to be a true copy of the document shown and reported to me as the original.'

    They must also include their name, address, contact telephone number, profession or occupation or organisation, and the date, and then they must sign the document.

    The certifying officer should also include the official stamp or seal of the certifier's organisation on the copy if the organisation has such a stamp.

    In addition to the above, a Justice of the Peace/Notary must also print their registration number and provide details of the state in which they are registered.

    Documents certified by a Justice of the Peace without a registration number will not be accepted. To find a Justice of the Peace in your area, check the public register available online from the NSW Attorney-General's Department.

    Charles Sturt University

    Master of Philosophy

    Charles Sturt University

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    Port Macquarie

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