Master of Philosophy (Geography and Sustainable Communities)

Course summary

The Master of Philosophy is a two year, specialised research degree for students whose future career will require them to conduct, interpret and apply the findings of research, with a focus on studies in Human Geography and Sustainable Communities.

This degree

One third of this degree is coursework with the remainder of the program used to conduct a supervised research project. The Master of Philosophy is also a pathway to higher degree research programs such as the Doctor of Philosophy.

What you will study

You will negotiate a short program of coursework relevant to your topic before conducting an extended research project. The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities has expertise in the Anthropocene, Climate Change, Cultural Geography, Disaster Management, Economic Geography, Environmental Geography, Indigenous Geographies, Mobilities, Population Geography, Resource Consumption and Management, Social Geography and Urban Geography.

Course information

Study area

Geography

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1355

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

091863K

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

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$17,640 (2021)

$70,560 (2021)

Most postgraduate research degrees are covered by the Federal Government's Research Training Program (RTP).
If you receive an offer with an RTP place, you do not need to pay the cost of tuition while you are studying as long as you are within your time limits for course completion.

* 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

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.


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.


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

$17,640 (2021)

$70,560 (2021)

* 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 2019.

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

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

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 Demonstrate cognitive technical and creative skills in a disciplinary area within social sciences to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge
2 Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories
3 Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
4 Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

Course Structure

The degree comprises a coursework component (24cp) and a research component (72cp) as listed below. International candidates are required to complete RESH900 (Fundamentals for HDR Writing) unless waived by the HPS.

Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the MPhil.  In the research component candidates prepare their research thesis, comprising 30,000-40,000 words, or equivalent.

A transfer from the MPhil to the PhD may be possible after successful completion of the coursework and at least nine months of the thesis component (see the HDR Handbook for further details).

Students who wish to withdraw from the MPhil and apply for entry to a postgraduate coursework degree may receive up to 24cp of advanced standing.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students are required to complete a 24cp coursework component as follows:

School of Education
Students are required to complete the following research training subjects (24cp) *:

EDGZ930 Advanced Research Methods in Education 8 Autumn, Spring
EDGZ931 Research Proposal 8 Autumn, Spring
EDGZ932 Advanced Research Seminar 8 Autumn, Spring
School of Health and Society
A program of subjects (24cp) addressing researching training and thesis preparation requirements for each student will be developed in consultation with the Head of Postgraduate Studies*
School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
A program of subjects (24cp) addressing researching training and thesis preparation requirements for each student will be developed in consultation with the Head of Postgraduate Studies*
School of Psychology
A program of subjects (24cp) addressing researching training and thesis preparation requirements for each student will be developed in consultation with the Head of Postgraduate Studies*
Students are required to complete a 72cp research component, comprising repeated instances of the following subjects:
THES925 MPhil Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
or
THES913 MPhil Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

* RESH802 is available as an elective subject. Students who wish to enrol in this subject should contact the Head of Postgraduate Studies.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW is home to Human Geography researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise you to build your own research career through projects and our research seminar series. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical Human Geography skills and professional networks so that you are competitive in the workforce.