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2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No


Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

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Masters by Research candidates undertake a program of research, under the direction of two or more supervisors. The candidates then communicate the results of this research in a thesis or another approved format. To facilitate their research and their career, candidates also need to complete additional training and other activities in line with the HDR Policy


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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

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What will I study?

Masters by Research Candidates complete a research project, usually over 2 years. During this time, they must also complete:

Course structure

  • additional training around research integrity, research methods, communication, personal development, and career development
  • a research proposal and oral presentation to confirm their candidature
  • a second oral presentation midway through their candidature
  • a thesis, usually comprising 30,000 to 50,000 words

Instead of a thesis, some candidates may complete a creative output, such as a film, novel, or exhibition, as well as an exegesis or explanation of this work, usually comprising 15,000 to 25,000 words.

Study plan

Recommended Study Plans are not required for this course.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To be eligible, you must have completed

  • the equivalent of half a semester of research activity at a postgraduate level
  • comparable levels of research, such as scholarly publications.

You must also plan to conduct research that is compatible with the research priorities and resources of this University. When you apply, you must submit a research proposal, comprising 500 to 1,000 words. The research priorities of this University tend to revolve around

  • tropical, regional, and remote health - including nursing, midwifery, and allied health
  • environmental studies
  • energy, resources, and engineering
  • social and public policy in Northern Australia and the region
  • community resilience
  • cybersecurity and IT
  • business and law
  • education

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Can offers be deferred?
Master of Arts by Research:Master of Business by Research:Master of Creative Arts by Research:Master of Education by Research:Master of Engineering by Research:Master of Environmental Research:Master of Health Science by Research:Master of Indigenous Knowledges by Research:Master of Information Technology by Research:Master of Laws by Research:Master of Science by Research:Master of Social and Policy Research
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