Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree is a one-year, research-only master’s degree. It's a great opportunity to explore a research topic of an applied or professional nature, under the supervision of AUT's expert academic staff.

The Master of Philosophy enables you to expand your research capabilities by focusing on a particular area of interest. It can provide a pathway to more advanced research at doctoral level.

Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed one of the following with the equivalent of a B grade average or higher:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree OR
  • Bachelor’s honours degree OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience relevant to the proposed programme of research

An interview may be required for particular research areas.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band

Other requirements

  • May be required to complete an approved research methods paper

How to apply for the Master of Philosophy

  1. Contact the Graduate Research School and provide the information required for assessing an application
  2. The Graduate Research School will assess your eligibility and forward to the relevant faculty to confirm possible research areas and supervisors
  3. Where the faculty confirms the availability of resources, including supervision, they will request for you to complete the formal research proposal and application for enrolment
  4. Once the research proposal is confirmed by the faculty, it will be sent to the Graduate Research School for approval and to issue an Offer of Place

doctoral.and.mphil.admissions@aut.ac.nz

Preparing a research proposal

Prospective MPhil applicants are required to prepare a formal research proposal, specifying the field of research and a general research question you wish to investigate.

Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

Information we need to asses your application

We require the following information:

  • Faculty and/or field you wish to conduct your study in
  • Academic transcripts
  • Grading scale for postgraduate qualification
  • Degree certificates (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • 1-2 page document (maximum) outlining your proposed research project
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of English Language proficiency – IELTS (Academic) test results or recognised equivalent. If your postgraduate study was completed in English within 3 years, this may be waived

Once the required information is received, we will forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty who will communicate to you about the outcome of your application, possible research areas and supervisors.

Requirements for specific subjects

Art & design

We require a portfolio (between 10-15 annotated images as a pdf or PowerPoint file or a URL for a website)

You complete an original thesis during this year of study.

AUT staff are available to supervise MPhil research on a wide range of topics.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Philosophy are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3720
Level:
9
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus / North Campus / South Campus
Starts:
Any time
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.

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