Master of Philosophy: postgraduate qualification study information

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This page has an overview of the Master of Philosophy qualification that you can study at AUT University.

Programme details

Programme Code: AK3720
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 3 years part-time
Starting date: You can apply to enrol in the MPhil degree at any time during the year.


The Master of Philosopy (MPhil) is a research-only degree, which culminates in a thesis and provides a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. The research for the MPhil culminates in a 120-point thesis. The thesis demonstrates the ability of the candidate to carry out supervised research in a sustained investigation, which contributes to the knowledge in the area of specialisation. It is conducted with a high level of skill in analysis and critical evaluation, and should provide evidence that the candidate is familiar with and has employed the most suitable research methods, and that the procedures are clearly of a master's degree level.

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for the MPhil is completion of the requirements for one of the following:

a) A four-year bachelor's degree at Level 8

b) A bachelor's (honours) degree with at least second class honours

c) A three-year bachelor's degree plus a postgraduate diploma

d) A bachelor's degree, plus at least three years' experience relevant to the programme and evidence of ability to undertake advanced academic study. 

e) Evidence of professional experience or a recognised professional qualification deemed by the programme board of studies to be equivalent to the level of competence specified in (a) to (d) above.

Additional requirements

The MPhil is characterised by advanced study and original research in a discipline, and as such:

  • Demands knowledge of the wider subject in which the topic for intensive investigation is situated;
  • Requires sustained supervised research;
  • Includes pure or applied research, creative planning and design, practical work and original scholarship, with graduates demonstrating well-developed skills of research, critical analysis and application so as to demonstrate independence of thought in their area of specialisation;
  • Requires excellent communication skills for creating, synthesising, evaluating and persuading;
  • Expects a tangible output that pushes the boundaries of knowledge in a discipline or field of study.


The University provides a number of study resources for postgraduate students. Computer and open access pods are available across the University. Through the AUT Library, postgraduate students have access to a wide range of information resources, many of which are electronic and available both on and off campus. Postgraduate Centres located in the libraries of both campuses provide computer facilities, study carrels and refreshment areas.

The Faculty provides study space for research students as well as laboratory space and specialised equipment where appropriate. Intending research students should consult with the faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences and proposed supervisors prior to finalising a research topic. Research may be conducted outside the University, and negotiation with outside organisations for access to equipment and facilities is possible. Information on available funding can be obtained from the Scholarships Office and faculty postgraduate office.

Contact and enquiry information

For information on the application process and for submitting a research proposal, please contact:
Beibei Chiou

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.50pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.