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Master of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences

A single two year research award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8520XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 048389M
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8520XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 048389M

Program Requirements

The Master of Philosophy requires the submission and successful examination of a thesis of up to 60,000 words.

Study consists of one to two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

The Master of Philosophy requires the completion of 24 units of coursework, which will consist of courses covering training on research methods, ethics and other topics as deemed appropriate by your supervisory panel.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least an Australian Honours degree or equivalent, with a result of H2A (Second Class Honours Division A). Equivalence may be met by completion of a Master’s degree that includes a significant research component.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

If you think you qualify, check out our guidance on how to apply.

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme which funds the fees. For further information see

International students

Indicative fees for international students are:

International student fees (ISF)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU 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.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Exceptional research degrees at ANU

The Australian National University provides our Master of Philosophy students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. When selecting a research program, an institution's reputation is everything. ANU is one of the world's leading universities, and the smart choice for your research program.

As an MPhil student you will work with increased independence, under the direction of a supervisory panel of experts in the field. Your research will make an original and important contribution to human knowledge, research and development.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Philosophy equips graduates to work in a wide variety of areas including academia, public and private sectors and NGO’s.  For further details see the CASS website.

Further Information

ANU is consistently ranked amongst the best universities in the world for its research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Our students are part of a community of leading researchers and are inspired by intellectual curiosity and scholarly excellence.

Graduate research degrees are available in over 20 disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences within the College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS).  The major component of the research program is a substantial piece of written work which investigates a particular subject or issue.  A research student works independently under the direction of a primary academic supervisor who forms part of a supervisory panel of academic staff.

Graduate students in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts are located in four schools:  School of Art, School of Music, School of Archaeology and Anthropology and School of Literature, Language and Linguistics.  Interdisciplinary work is encouraged through the Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research program.

See the CASS higher degree research website for more information.

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