Master of Applied Science

This Masters by Research program sees candidates working with a Principal Supervisor, appointed by the Research Higher Degrees Sub Committee, with the approval of the School.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Anytime during the year
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1.5 years
(180 credit points = 1.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course

This Masters by Research program sees candidates working with a Principal Supervisor, appointed by the Research Higher Degrees Sub Committee, with the approval of the School.

A minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 2 years (full-time equivalent), this degree is awarded on the basis of an eternally examined thesis of approximately 40,000 words.

  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Post-doctoral research fellow
  • Research associate

Graduates greatly improve their chances of gaining senior level research positions with environmental and natural resource management agencies.

Graduates with degrees in geology find employment in the minerals industry, environmental consultancies, government agencies such as CSIRO, AGSO and state geological surveys, and at tertiary institutes, either as lecturers, research associates or post-doctoral research fellows.


Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

To be eligible for admission as a Candidate for a Masters by research degree a person must:

  • have graduated with or qualified for a four year Honours Bachelor degree, or Degree with Honours, at least second class honours level, that included a dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at Masters level; or
  • hold qualifications and/or have demonstrated skills, experience, research, or publications which are assessed as being at least equivalent to the qualifications above.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements will be required to undertake an additional programme of study equivalent to a fourth year of advanced undergraduate study and research in the relevant field.

Refer to the Masters by Research application form for the English language entry requirements for this course.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: SA9

CRICOS code: 001495G (Mt Helen), 001495G (Mt Helen), 001495G (Mt Helen), 001495G (Mt Helen)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full Fee Paying

$26,800 annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Domestic fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

Fee assistance

Domestic students undertaking a higher degree by research may be eligible to receive a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Graduate Research School

Course coordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Stephen Carey
Fadi Charchar
Gippsland - Churchill - Madhu Chetty