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From 2014 Macquarie University adopted a new postgraduate degree structure, making it the first Australian university to fully align its research training with European, North American and Asian qualifications. With greater international recognition for their qualifications, graduates of the new Master of Research degree will enjoy enhanced employment opportunities and pathways to further study overseas.

The two-year full-time Master of Research (MRes) has replaced most honours programs (excluding honours in Psychology) as the main pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil). If you have completed a standard Bachelor degree and are interested in pursuing PhD study, then completing the MRes is the preferred research training pathway.

The majority of students progress to research directly through the completion of the two year Master of Research, but other degrees (such as honours degrees, masters by coursework or research preparation awards) will be considered on a case-by-case basis for entry into the second year of the MRes to enable students to continue to higher degree research.

Learn more about the Master of Research (MRes) program