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Master of Professional Studies (Research)

Master of Professional Studies (Research) (MPSR)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 1.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov


  • Do you want to contribute to your organisation or community of practice? Are you a public servant, a professional, a volunteer, or stay at home parent who wants to research a work-based topic of interest?
  • Being part of the Master of Professional Studies (Research) program means that you are contributing to a ‘triple dividend’ outcome principle. Your unique contribution leads to benefits for your own individual professional development, your organisation’s improvement, and the body of professional knowledge relevant to your practice
  • The Master of Professional Studies (Research) will enhance your engagement by participating in dynamic learning communities of students, staff, your peers or fellow professionals from around the world.
  • Your study is based on your work. Rather than traditional university programs, the Master of Professional Studies (Research) is personalised to your own work and profession, and built on an ethos of quality, engagement and support. The degree is multi-disciplinary, evidence-based higher learning, linked to the fulfilment of self-directed career development, life-long learning and personalised learning.

Further study

Successful completion of the Master of Professional Studies (Research) will qualify you to apply for the Doctor of Professional Studies or Doctor of Education.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you open the door to a multitude of career opportunities. You can use this degree to illustrate your advanced standing in your profession. You can advance your career further in the public service, become a leading professional in the private sector, develop leadership in specialised practice and become a thought leader. 

Entry requirements

  • Admission is by online application and interview
  • 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, plus at least 5 year's experience in their field.

Applicants with a bachelor degree with honours, or a masters degree, may consider applying for admission to the Doctor of Professional Studies degree.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 12 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 2
Professional Studies research project 8
Publishable paper 2
Total 12

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 30240

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 30240

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.

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