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Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Advanced Research

Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Advanced Research (MSCR)
CRICOS: 070618G

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


  • USQ’s Master of Science (Research) (Advanced Research) allows to delve in to your science research interest area whilst developing your research skills. Your studies within this specialisation include a research dissertation and research courses allowing you to focus on your research interests within the science field. 
  • The Advanced Research major gives students, who have already undertaken substantial prior studies, the opportunity to focus on a research project in your specific area. 
  • Throughout the Master of Science (Research), you will find emphasis to be on the development of knowledge and skills to allow you to undertake independent research and professional practice in your chosen science specialty area. Your studies within this specialisation include a research project and research courses. 
  • Available disciplines/qualified specialisations within the Advanced Research specialisation include:
    • Agricultural Science
    • Applied Climate Science
    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Counselling
    • Data Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Mathematics
    • Midwifery
    • Nursing
    • Physical Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Spatial Science
    • Sport and Exercise
    • Statistics.

Further study

The Master of Science (Research) allows you to progress your science research career. As graduates of this degree, you could go on to further studies in your speciality science research area including PhD studies. Studying the Advanced Research major may allow you to transfer your studies in to the PhD degree. 

Entry requirements

  • completed a four-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent, with a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or above, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline
  • completed a three-year degree at an Australian university or equivalent and have successfully completed a coursework masters, with a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or above, or equivalent score, in a relevant discipline
  • equivalent qualification and work experience in the related field of study as determined by the program coordinator
  • acceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a USQ supervisor.

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, don’t worry, there are 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
Core course 1
Research project 11
Total 12

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

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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 37040

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

AUD 37040

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.

CRICOS: 070618G

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021

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