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About the program

Bond University offers a range of research Master's degrees including Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science by Research (M Res), Master of Philosophy (M Phil), and Master of Laws. Details about each degree, and which Faculty offers them, is specified in the information below.

The program develops independent research skills and the ability to relate a specific research topic to a broad framework of knowledge. The program places a major emphasis on independent inquiry (initiative), a thorough understanding of domain specific knowledge, competence in research methodologies and on the ability to communicate research results.

Masters level degrees provide students with the research skills for academic careers in the University sector or for the role of researcher in business research-intensive organisations.

Two faculties offer a Master of Philosophy degree.

Faculty of Society & Design

Program code: BN-13089

Research skills are highly sought after in the University and professional sector. The Master of Philosophy (Faculty of Society & Design) allows student's the opportunity to contribute unprecedented knowledge to their field of research and gain the necessary research skills for academic careers

The Faculty of Society & Design offers a Master of Philosophy by research program across various disciplines. The Master of Philosophy allows students with an undergraduate qualification to pursue research in a higher degree, as opposed to coursework. The degree may consist of up to one-third coursework requirements, especially where some methodological and theoretical training is deemed necessary.

Speciality areas include creative media, humanities and social sciences, sustainable environments and planning, construction management, architecture, valuation and property development and project management.

The program offers students the opportunity to undertake an extended and focused study on a specific area of research interest or in the development of creative works. Candidates will be required to submit a piece of work totalling 30,000-40,000 words or equivalent weight of work for a creative arts project. The program places a major emphasis on independent inquiry (initiative), a thorough understanding of domain specific knowledge, competence in research methodologies and on the ability to communicate research results.

In certain circumstances, it may be used as a pathway to PhD studies, pending appropriate approvals.

The topic must be approved by the Faculty and appropriate academic supervision must be available.

Bond Business School

Program code: BN-13088

The Master of Philosophy offered by the Bond Business School develops independent research skills and the ability to relate a specific research topic to a broad framework of knowledge. The program places a major emphasis on independent inquiry (initiative), a thorough understanding of domain specific knowledge, competence in research methodologies and on the ability to communicate research results.

This program serves as a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Professional outcomes

The Master of Philosophy program provides you with the research skills for academic careers in the university sector or for roles in research-intensive organisations.

Structure and subjects

Master of Philosophy candidates will be required to successfully complete three research methodology subjects, including qualitative and quantitative analysis, in the first year of candidature. A confirmation of candidature process occurs at the end of the first year of enrolment to evaluate progress and suitability to continue in the degree.

The Master of Philosophy dissertation should be a major, substantially original, theoretical or empirical study of an issue pertaining to the student’s major field of study. The Faculty expects students to work closely with staff and be exposed to the research activities of the staff and other students. It would not be uncommon for the student and the supervisor to be co-authors in publications resulting from the student’s dissertation.

Each student will be supervised by at least two appropriately qualified academic staff. The Faculty is responsible for approving the student’s dissertation proposal prior to the examination process.


Visit the Master of Philosophy page on the Bond University website for more details!

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