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Master of Philosophy, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

A single two year research award offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8070XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 048387B
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8070XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 048387B
Master of Philosophy, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Program Requirements

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

Study typically consists of eighteen months to two years full-time study, or the part-time equivalent.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to Master of Philosophy program you should have completed a relevant undergraduate degree from an eligible university, or a postgraduate qualification with a significant research thesis component. There must be a supervisor at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science who is available and willing to supervise your research, and you must have identified a research project.

Domestic students should have a relevant degree with 1st class honours (or equivalent). Students with 2nd class honours or equivalent may also be admissible.

International students should also have a relevant degree, from a highly regarded university in their country, and typically be placed in the top 10% of all graduating students. Some evidence of additional research training beyond the undergraduate degree may also be required.

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

You may be eligible for admission if you can demonstrate that you have significant research experience and a background equivalent to these qualifications.

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science encourages prospective students to take a self assessment test to determine their suitability for admission/scholarship before completing the pre-application process.

If you think you might qualify, you can also check out our guide 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 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.

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has a track record of exceptional performance: a strong international research reputation based on a culture of excellence; a vibrant research-led education programme; and strong contributions in policy advice and community engagement.

We conduct research and teaching that aims to deliver solutions to some of the most pressing technological and environmental challenges the world faces, recruiting and nurturing students and academics who will lead the way in finding solutions to these challenges. The college has an extensive network of international collaboration with research institutions and industries in Europe, the Asia Pacific and the USA, as well as locally.

As a 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

We have research opportunities in a wide range of fields across engineering and computer science. Students completing a Masters of Philosophy may be eligible to continue studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


However, career options following completion of a Master of Philosophy also include many opportunities in addition to an academic path.   Some of our alumni hold positions as company directors, chief technology officers, senior managers, and consultants to major industry bodies and organisations in Australia and internationally.

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