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Research Training Pathway to PhD

Macquarie offers an outstanding range of postgraduate and higher degree research options. Our world-class research programs give you the chance to work with internationally respected researchers, gain a deeper, stronger knowledge of your discipline and get a competitive edge.

From 2013, Macquarie will deliver a new standard in research training for students wishing to progress toward higher degree research studies. From 1 January 2014 candidates enrolling in higher research degrees at Macquarie University will need to have completed the new Master of Research or equivalent. 

From 1 January 2014, if you seek to undertake a PhD you will first need to complete the MRes (or an MPhil) or equivalent.  If you have completed a Bachelor Honours degree, or coursework Master degree, you may be eligible for entry into Year 2 of the MRes program in 2014, with up to 32 points credit for your previous studies.  This means that you can complete the MRes in one year of study, and then seek admission to the 3 year PhD program.

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 from 2014.

MRes Pathway 

The majority of students progress to research directly through the completion of the two year Master of Research. 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.

Domestic students who complete the Master of Research at a specified level of performance (high distinction average or 85 per cent) will be eligible to receive a three-year PhD scholarship including stipend.

The Masters/PhD program is compatible with many international scholarship schemes. Bundled offers of entry to the combined MRes/ PhD program may be available for students sponsored by international scholarship schemes.