Master of Research (Engineering and Information Sciences)

Course summary

The Master of Research degree comprises research and research training, requiring students to complete 96 credit points of subjects. The first year comprises 48cp of research training and coursework while the second year comprises a 48cp thesis, which is assessed by two external examiners. Academic Units may award credit for the research training and coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

The following specialisations are available in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences: Computer Science; Information Technology; Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Telecommunications Engineering; Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Materials Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering; Mathematics; Applied Statistics; Physics; Medical Radiation Physics.

Course information

Study area

Engineering, Information & Communication Technology, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Research

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

480

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

091520M

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Research, based on academic results and relevant experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the Master of Research must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit.


Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$20,016 (2020)

$80,064 (2020)

Year 1 – Students enrol in the Bachelor of Research and are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Year 2 – The course fee for the Master of Research will be fully paid by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scheme for up to 2 years (i.e. 4 full-time semesters or part-time equivalence).

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Research, based on academic results and relevant experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the Master of Research must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit.


Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$20,016 (2020)

$80,064 (2020)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2018.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 26 February 2020
Session: 2 March – 25 June 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 14 February 2020. Late applications may be considered.

2020 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 22 July 2020
Session: 27 July – 19 November 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 10 July 2020. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts and apply established theories to identified discipline areas.
2 Understand, in the context of an advanced body of knowledge, recent developments in an identified discipline area.
3 With creativity and initiative, plan a substantial piece of research using advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the identified discipline area
4 Communicate effectively, to a range of audiences, coherent and sustained arguments to evaluate and justify the selected research question, research design and interpretation of research results.
5 Implement a substantial piece of research that shows mastery of, and the capacity for critical reflection on, the application of theoretical knowledge with a high level of personal autonomy, accountability and regards for conventions for research integrity, privacy and integrity issues.
6 Disseminate research outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

The Master of Research degree comprises both research and research training, requiring students to complete 96 credit points of subjects, as specified in the chosen area of study.

Areas of Study

The Master of Research degree requires students to complete 96 credit points consisting of:
• RESH802 Responsible Research
• RESH905 Preliminary Research Project
• Course work subjects in your chosen discipline
• Extensive research project worth 48 credit points

Mathematics

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
MATH907 Research Methods 6 Autumn
Plus a choice of 24 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
INFO911 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 6 Autumn
INFO912 Mathematics for Cryptography 6 Autumn
MATH941 Financial Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH942 Numerical Methods in Finance 6 Spring
MATH977 Advanced Topics in Mathematics A 6 Autumn, Spring
MATH978 Advanced Topics in Mathematics B 6 Autumn
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Applied Statistics

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
MATH907 Research Methods 6 Autumn
Plus a choice of 24 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
STAT902 Advanced Data Analysis 6 Autumn
STAT903 Survey Design and Analysis 6 Spring
STAT904 Statistical Consulting 6 Autumn
STAT906 Experimental Design 6 Spring
STAT920 Stochastic Methods in Finance 6 Autumn
STAT981 Advanced Topics in Statistics A 6 Autumn
STAT982 Advanced Topics in Statistics B 6 Autumn, Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Physics

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn
PHY8474 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHY8476 Solid State Physics 6 Annual
PHY8466 Research Methods 6 Annual
PHY8473 Electromagnetism  3 Autumn
Plus one of the following
PHY8471 Theoretical Mechanics 3 Autumn (odd years)
PHY8472 Cosmology  3 Autumn (even years)
Plus an elective MATH or PHYS 300, 400 or 900 subject 6 Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn and Spring
or
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn and Spring
and
Year 3
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn and Spring

Medical Radiation Physics

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus a choice of 30 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
PHYS961 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 6 Spring
PHYS962 Medical Imaging  6 Autumn
PHYS963 Nuclear Medicine 6 Spring
PHYS965 Detection of Radiation 6 Autumn
PHYS966 Physics of Radiotherapy 6 Autumn
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn and Spring
or
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn and Spring
and
Year 3
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn and Spring

Computer Science 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
CSIT940 Research Methodology 6 Autumn, Spring
Plus a choice of 24 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
Intelligent Systems
CSCI924 Reasoning and Learning 6 Spring
CSCI944 Perception and Planning 6 Spring
CSCI964 Computational Intelligence 6 Autumn
Multimedia and Visual Processing
CSCI933 Machine Learning Algorithms and Applications 6 Autumn
CSCI935 Computer Vision Algorithms and Systems 6 Spring
CSCI946 Big Data Analytics 6 Spring
Network and Information Security
CSCI968 Advanced Network Security 6 Autumn
CSCI971 Advanced Computer Security 6 Spring
INFO912 Mathematics for Cryptography 6 Autumn
Software Engineering
CSCI910 Software Requirements, Specifications and Formal Methods 6 Autumn
CSCI926 Software Testing and Analysis 6 Autumn
CSCI927 Service-Oriented Software Engineering 6 Spring
Other
CSCI920 Contemporary Topics in Computer Science 6 Autumn
CSCI941 Advanced Topics in Computer Science A 6 Not offered in this year
CSCI942 Advanced Topics in Computer Science B 6 Not offered in this year
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Information Technology

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
CSIT940 Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
Plus a choice of 24 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
ISIT901 Information Systems and Strategy 6 Autumn, Spring
ISIT904 Enterprise Architecture Design and Systems Integration 6 Spring
ISIT906 Information Design and Content Management 6 Spring
ISIT908 IT Governance and Organisational Issues 6 Autumn
ISIT917 Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management 6 Autumn
ISIT925 Strategic Network Design 6 Spring
ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing 6 Spring
ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics 6 Autumn
ISIT938 eBusiness Technologies 6 Autumn
ISIT946 Project and Change Management 6 Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Civil Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual. Spring 2020/Autumn 2020
Plus a choice of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader. 
CIVL904 Sustainable Roads & Railway Engineering 6 Spring
CIVL908 Advanced Soil Mechanics 6 Spring
CIVL909 Advanced Foundation Engineering 6 Autumn
CIVL911 Structural Design Based on Australian Standards 6 Autumn
CIVL912 Engineering Hydrology 6 Autumn
CIVL916 Research Topics in Civil Engineering 6 Autumn, Spring
CIVL958 Construction Management 6 Spring
CIVL980 Advanced Computer Applications 6 Autumn
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Computer Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2020
ECTE955 Advanced Laboratory 6 Autumn
Plus ONE 6 credit point elective subject from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
ECTE801 Multimedia Signal Processing 6 Autumn
ECTE832 Computer Architecture 6 Spring
ECTE833 Embedded Systems 6 Autumn
ECTE841 Intelligent Control 6 Autumn
ECTE871 Robotics and Flexible Automation 6 Spring
ECTE903 Image and Video Processing 6 Spring
ECTE906 Advanced Signals and Systems 6 Autumn, Spring
ECTE992 The Future Internet: Architecture and Communication Protocols 6 Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Electrical Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 6 Autumn
ECTE955 Advanced Laboratory 6 Autumn
Plus ONE 6 credit point elective subject from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
ECTE812 Power Electronics and Drives 6 Not Available in 2020
ECTE826 Power Distribution Systems 6 Spring
ECTE833 Embedded Systems 6 Autumn
ECTE841 Intelligent Control 6 Autumn
ECTE842 Computer Controlled Systems 6 Autumn
ECTE906 Advanced Signals and Systems 6 Autumn, Spring
ECTE927 Renewable and Distributed Generation 6 Autumn
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Environmental Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual, Autumn 2020/Spring 2020
Plus a choice of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
ENVE923 Industrial Waste Engineering and Cleaner Production 6 Autumn
ENVE925 Water Quality Engineering and Management 6 Spring
ENVE926 Air and Noise Pollution Management 6 Spring
ENVE927 Environmental Engineering Processes Design 6 Spring
ENVE929 Site Contamination and Remediation Technologies 6 Spring
ENVE930 Coastal, River and Groundwater Engineering 6 Autumn
ENVE931 Membrane Processes and Applications 6 Autumn
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Materials Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2020
Plus a choice of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
MATL903 Recent Developments in Materials 6 Autumn
MATL905 Metallic Materials 6 Autumn
MATL913 Structural Analysis of Materials 6 Autumn
MATL952 Corrosion, Wear and Fatigue 6 Autumn
MATL972 Selection and Design of Materials 6 Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Mechanical Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2020
Plus a choice of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
ENGG954 Strategic Management for Engineers and Technologists 6 Autumn
MECH934 Advanced Manufacturing Processes 6 Autumn
MECH935 Integrated Manufacturing Systems 6 Spring
MECH928 Finite Element Techniques in Mechanical Engineering 6 Autumn
MECH979 Sustainable Transport and Engine Technology 6 Not offered in this year
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Mechatronic Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2020
Plus a choice of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
MECH949 Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes 6 Not offered in this year
ENGG954 Strategic Management for Engineers and Technologists 6 Autumn
ECTE941 Intelligent Control 6 Autumn
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Mining Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2020
Plus a choice of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
MINE911 Studies in Surface Mining 6 Autumn
MINE912 Environmental Control in Mines 6 Autumn
MINE916 Mineral Valuation and Risk Analysis 6 Autumn
MINE920 Studies in Underground Mining 6 Spring
MINE923 Rock Mechanics 6 Spring
MINE929 Mine Planning and Development 6 Spring
MINE933 Advanced Mineral Resource Estimation Methods 6 Autumn
MINE961 Advanced Mining Safety 6 Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

Telecommunications Engineering

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
ENGG955 Engineering Research Methods 6 Autumn, Spring 
ENGG980 Professional Communications and Engineering Workplace Practice 6 Autumn
ECTE955 Advanced Laboratory 6 Autumn
Plus ONE 6 credit point elective subject from the study areas below, as approved by the Discipline Leader.
ECTE801 Multimedia Signal Processing 6 Autumn
ECTE865 Wireless Communication Systems 6 Spring
ECTE882 Network Engineering 6 Autumn
ECTE896 Optical Communication Systems 6 Not Available in 2020
ECTE906 Advanced Signals and Systems 6 Autumn, Spring
ECTE967 Mobile Networks 6 Autumn
ECTE992 The Future Internet: Architectures and Communication Protocols 6 Spring
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

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