School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Master of Philosophy

Program objectives

The Master of Philosophy in Public Health (MPhil) program is an excellent option for students who have no previous research experience or for students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for a Masters by Research or PhD. It is a research degree designed to provide research training for candidates who wish to develop competence in research in Public Health, or who wish to progress to a PhD. Research training is supplemented with coursework to provide in-depth discipline skills and/or skills in relevant research methods.

Program structure

The MPhil comprises 24 units of credit (UOC) of coursework selected from the Master of Public Health coursework program, and a thesis of no more than 40,000 words on an approved topic.

Length of program

The normal full-time duration is three semesters (one semester of coursework and two of thesis) or six semesters part-time. The thesis can be submitted in a minimum time of 2 semesters full-time equivalent, or a maximum of 4 semesters full-time equivalent. Candidates can apply to upgrade during their MPhil to a PhD program, subject to School and Faculty approval.

Advanced standing

Advanced standing may be given for courses completed as part of a Master of Public Health or equivalent, subject to approval.

Entry requirements

A candidate for the degree:

  • shall have been awarded a Bachelors in a relevant discipline from the University of New South Wales, or equivalent program from another university; or
  • In exceptional cases, equivalent academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine.

Starting dates

  • Semester 1 - February/March
  • Semester 2 - July

More information

See UNSW Handbook