2017 Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Philosophy | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Master of Philosophy



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus:


Innovation Campus (Wollongong)

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Master of Philosophy provides specialised research training for students preparing for a career in academia, government and industry; and to provide practising engineers with the means to increase their knowledge and upgrade their qualifications.

The Master of Philosophy comprises 24 credit points of coursework and a 72 credit point thesis. Academic Units may award advanced standing for the coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

Visit UOW's Research & Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, visit the Faculty's research pages and the Doctor of Philosophy page which provides a list of research expertise in the Faculty. 

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in a discipline area to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge;
  2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories;
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community;
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure

The degree is composed of a 72 credit point research thesis and 24 credit points of coursework. The coursework component of the degree, which must be completed before the research thesis, will include 24 credit points of 400/900 level subjects, approved by the Head of School and the Head of Postgraduate Studies. As part of the coursework component, it is recommended that each international candidate complete Fundamentals for HDR Writing ( RESH900), unless waived by the Head of Postgraduate Studies.

Students should consult the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) handbook page for a list of coursework subjects in their selected specialisation. Students must seek advice from the respective Head of Postgraduate Studies.

In the research component, which comprises 72 credit points, candidates complete a research thesis. Candidates enrol in a full time (THES924 for 24cp) or part time (THES912 for 12cp) thesis subject each session. The thesis component represents 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent) for students.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Coursework Component
400- or 900-level subjects as approved 24 Autumn, Spring
Choose ONE of the following two subjects:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

Plus the following elective subject may be chosen:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GWP 800 Global Workplace Practice 6 Spring

For more information, visit the Work Integrated Learning website. 

Research Areas

Areas of research available to candidates undertaking the Master of Philosophy with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences are listed under each of the Faculty’s disciplines along with a list of research projects in each discipline:

A transfer from the Master of Philosophy to a Doctor of Philosophy may be possible after successful completion of the coursework, and at least 9 months of the thesis component. Refer to the HDR Handbook for further details.

Candidates who wish to withdraw from the Master of Philosophy and apply for entry to a postgraduate coursework degree may receive up to 24 credit points of advanced standing.


  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Security
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • Polymer Materials
  • Nano-Materials
  • Special Materials Research and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Manufacturing and Mechatronics
  • Bulk Materials Handling
  • Mining Engineering
  • Intelligent Mechatronics
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Intelligent Networks
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Power Systems
  • Telecommunications Engineering


Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: eis@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 6 January, 2017