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Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Applied Research

Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Applied Research (MSCR)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 1.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July

Overview

  • The Master of Science (Research) (Applied Research) gives you the tools and opportunities you need to further your career in your chosen science research field. In this degree, highly motivated and highly qualified students undertake advanced study to produce a research-based dissertation which will help you to develop your research skills in a specialised area of knowledge and proceed further with your career.
  • The Applied Research major combines research and coursework to enhance your knowledge across a range of different science-based disciplines. Throughout the Master of Science (Research), you will find emphasis to be on the development of knowledge and skills to allow you to undertake independent research and professional practice in your chosen science specialty area. 
  • Your studies within this specialisation will include a research project, research courses and elective courses to specialise your science research focus.
  • Available disciplines/qualified specialisations within the Applied Research specialisation include:
    • Agricultural Science
    • Applied Climate Science
    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Counselling
    • Data Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Mathematics
    • Midwifery
    • Nursing
    • Physical Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Spatial Science
    • Sport and Exercise
    • Statistics.

Further study

The Master of Science (Research) allows you to progress your science research career. As graduates of this degree, you could go on to further studies in your speciality science research area including PhD studies. Studying the Advanced Research major may allow you to transfer your studies in to the PhD degree.

Entry requirements 

  • completed a three-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent, with a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or above, or equivalent score, in a relevant discipline
    or
  • equivalent qualification and work experience in the related field of study as determined by the program coordinator
    plus
  • acceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a USQ supervisor.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 12 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Research project 8
Total 12

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Other specialisations

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27840

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) degree will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral degree, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research degree.

As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR degree. Once a student completes an HDR degree, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the degree, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees, or if meeting the eligibility criteria be able to apply for a FEE-Help loan

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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