Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Australian National University provides research 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 major component of a research program is a substantial written work known as a thesis, which investigates a particular subject or issue. As a research student you will work with increased independence, under the direction of an academic supervisor or a supervisory panel of academic staff.


The Masters of Philosophy award will take you between one and two years of full-time research to complete (you can also complete a part-time equivalent).

Admission requirements

You are most likely to gain admission to a Master of Philosophy if you hold a Bachelor degree with an overall grade of distinction or higher from an Australian university. You may also be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have an equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications and professional experience, to a Bachelor with an overall grade of distinction.

This award is conducted in English and is delivered principally on the basis of a research thesis comprising of original written work, most typically limited to 60,000 words. Depending on your discipline an alternative to a written thesis may be submitted and assessed.

Indicative fees

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme. The RTS provides funding for the research program up to a maximum of two years (full-time) for a Masters program.

International students

Annual indicative fees for international students are $36,528.


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

What next?

Research study at ANU requires the identification of a supervisor and an area of research.

Each ANU College has information on their website to help students find potential supervisors depending on their area of interest and expertise. Visit the sites listed below to find more information around research opportunities in each College, and the appropriate contacts.