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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised graduate research degree.

With guidance from your advisory team, you will undertake a significant research project and complete a 40,000-word thesis and an oral examination. 

The MPhil will take you 1.5 to 2 years to complete full time and will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and methodologies.

MPhil work is done independently and you will need a strong academic background to apply. You may need to submit a research proposal and other documents to support your application.

About 500 MPhil students join UQ each year researching a wide range of topics. Many MPhil candidates choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD.

Research areas
UQ is one of Australia’s top research-intensive universities. Our research addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.

UQ continually builds on its reputation in key research impact areas of national and international significance.

Program highlights

  • Be inspired and challenged to explore new ideas and develop greater understanding of complex questions.
  • Access one of the country's largest libraries, with more than 2 million physical resources and 116,800+ journal subscriptions.
  • Foster and improve your skills through the Career Development Framework, created with industry.
  • Learn from researchers whose work addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


Gatton, UQ’s rural campus, is located in the Lockyer Valley, 87 kilometres west of Brisbane’s city centre, and halfway between Ipswich and Toowoomba. On this sprawling campus, which dates back to 1897, you’ll find world-class teaching and research facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment. It’s also a working farm, with more than 1000 hectares of dairy, pig, crop and grazing units, as well as post-harvest facilities and greenhouses. Gatton’s agricultural learning facilities sit against a backdrop of historical homesteads, sporting amenities, and community fruit and vegetable gardens.


Herston is UQ’s core campus for clinical health teaching and research. Located just minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Herston is home to UQ’s Medicine and Public Health schools, the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Oral Health Centre, and the research activities of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. UQ Herston shares premises with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, allowing students and visitors to rub shoulders with leading health researchers, academics and professionals.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic entry requirements
You have to prove you are prepared for MPhil study. You do this by showing you:

  • have completed some research experience
  • have completed an approved university degree and
  • can meet the English language requirements.

Approved degrees
You need one of the following approved degrees to apply for an MPhil:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved university with at least honours class IIB or equivalent, which includes relevant experience; or
  • Postgraduate degree (at least one year full-time or equivalent) with an overall grade point average of 5 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with relevant experience, approved by the dean; or
  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of documented relevant experience, approved by the dean; or
  • Other qualifications or experience that show you can meet admission standards.

Relevant experience
You need some relevant experience to be accepted into an MPhil. Relevant experience can be drawn from things like:

  • courses directed at the formation of research skills 
  • work experience where you have planned and executed projects, or
  • a portfolio of published creative work and critical discussion.