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					Application Kit for Admission to Higher Degree by
  Research Candidature and/or Postgraduate
             Research Scholarships



Doctor of Education                                       Master of Nursing
Doctor of Philosophy                                      Master of Midwifery
Master of Education                                       Master of Philosophy
Master of Exercise Science




Application forms and general enquiries to:
  Melbourne Campus                     Sydney Campus                          Brisbane Campus
  115 Victoria Parade                  25a Barker Road                        1100 Nudgee Road
  Fitzroy Victoria 3065                Strathfield New South Wales 2135       Banyo Queensland 4014

  Mailing Address:                     Mailing Address:                       Mailing Address:
  Locked Bag 4115                      Locked Bag 2002                        PO Box 456
  Fitzroy Victoria 3065                Strathfield New South Wales 2135       Virginia Queensland 4014

  Telephone 03 9953 3154               Telephone 02 9701 4093                 Telephone 07 3623 7294
  Facsimile 03 9953 3315               Facsimile 02 9701 4350                 Facsimile 07 3623 7328

  ALL CAMPUSES:
  Email: Res.Cand@acu.edu.au Website: http://www.acu.edu.au/research




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MESSAGE FROM THE PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR                     appreciation of the sacred in life, and              a
(RESEARCH & INTERNATIONAL)                               commitment to serving the common good.

Dear Higher Degree Enquirer,                             A UNIQUE FOUNDATION
Thank you for your interest in undertaking a higher      Australian Catholic University (ACU) is the first
degree by research at Australian Catholic                institution of its kind in Australia and is proud to be
University (ACU). The University is proud to be a        associated with the Catholic Church.
public university with a difference: a Christian
                                                         ACU began in 1991 with the amalgamation of four
ethos. It has one of the highest employment rates
                                                         Colleges of Advanced Education. Being a young
of any university in Australia, and is open to any
                                                         university enables us to be dynamic and
nationality, race, or creed.
                                                         responsive to the needs of society and those of
You can be enrolled on any one of our six                the new millenium. Like most internationally
campuses at Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra,                recognised universities, many of our academic
Melbourne and Sydney (2) and have access via             staff hold higher degree qualifications from the
the electronic network to research material              world’s leading universities.
available at all the other campus libraries.
                                                         ACU has over 10,000 students and almost 900
ACU is proud to promote and support research             staff. Our campuses provide secure and friendly
which responds to the academic and social needs          environments. The combination of comparatively
of society. ACU's research strengths are in              small campuses with a combination to student-
discipline areas known and respected for both            centred learning results in close staff-student
high academic standards and social benefit.              involvement.
These areas we call University Flagships, which
                                                         A special role of ACU is the formation of
may also have University Research Centres
                                                         responsible leaders. Besides their academic
affiliated with them. We welcome applicants who
                                                         achievements and skills, the marks of these future
wish to undertake research with us in these
                                                         leaders should be sensitivity, confidence in
exciting discipline areas.
                                                         commitment, and ability to communicate. These
We look forward to receiving your application.           characteristics are specifically fostered within the
                                                         courses and extra-curricular activities undertaken
                Professor John Coll                      by students, and by their interaction with members
                Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)           of staff. Thus students are stimulated to grow in
                                                         mind, character, and faith. Graduates are enabled
ACU MISSION STATEMENT                                    to serve the community as qualified practitioners
Australian Catholic University shares with               in their chosen fields.
universities worldwide a commitment to quality in        Although the name reflects its identity and
teaching, research and service. It aspires to be a       philosophy the University welcomes students of all
community characterised by free inquiry and              beliefs, and is dedicated to the individual's pursuit
academic integrity. The University’s inspiration,        of truth and to academic freedom.
located within 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual
                                                         The Catholic Church has played a vital role in the
tradition, summons it to attend to all that is of
                                                         development of primary and secondary education
concern to human beings. It brings a distinctive
                                                         and in health care and social networks throughout
spiritual perspective to the common tasks of
                                                         Australia's history. Catholic universities are an
higher education.
                                                         integral part of societies in many countries of Asia,
Through fostering and advancing knowledge in             Europe, North and South America, and in fact
education, health, commerce, the humanities, the         there are more than 170 members of the
sciences and technologies, and the creative arts,        International Federation of Catholic Universities, of
Australian Catholic University seeks to make a           which ACU is a member.
specific contribution to its local, national and
international communities.           The University      PUBLIC RECOGNITION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
explicitly engages the social, ethical and religious     Australian Catholic University is a member of
dimensions of the questions it faces in teaching         Australia's Unified National system of Higher
and research, and service. In its endeavours, it is      Education and is an independent institution funded
guided by a fundamental concern for justice and          by the Australian Government.
equity, and for the dignity of all human beings.
                                                         ACU degrees receive the same recognition as
Australian Catholic University has a primary             those of other universities in Australia and
responsibility to provide excellent higher education     overseas.
for its entire diversified and dispersed student
body. Its ideal graduates will be highly competent       SIGNIFICANT PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
in their chosen fields, ethical in their behaviour,      In its short history the University has :
with a developed critical habit of mind, an

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   one of the highest graduate course                   associated with the University's Institute for the
    completion rate and subject pass rate of any         Advancement of Research or one of the
    Australian university;                               University Research Centres. Postgraduate
   more     graduates      going into full-time         supervision is not necessarily available on every
    employment than the national average for             campus for every area of research interest.
    Australian universities;                             The following research degree programs are
   one of the highest staff/student ratio of any        available :
    Australian University;
                                                            Master of Education (MEd)
   an excellent reputation for providing a caring
    and friendly environment on all six campuses.           Master of Exercise Science (MExSc)
                                                            Master of Midwifery (MMid)
FACULTIES AND SPECIAL RESEARCH CENTRES
                                                            Master of Nursing (MNurs)
The University has 3 faculties: Arts & Sciences,
Education, and Health Sciences. Sub-faculties of            Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Business and Informatics, and Theology exist in             Doctor of Education (EdD)
the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. In the Faculty of           Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Education, there are Sub-Faculties of Educational
Leadership and Religious Education. Schools of
the faculties operate throughout the University.         APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO CANDIDATURE
The University also has an Institute for the             Applications for admission are administered by
Advancement of Research to which research                Research Services.
and professorial appointments are made. It aims          Candidates for research degrees must have an
to encourage research in areas where the                 appropriate (Bachelor) degree with honours or
University already has strengths or in areas where       equivalent qualification at a level acceptable to the
it wishes to develop research expertise.                 Committee.
FLAGSHIP AREAS OF RESEARCH STRENGTH                      The research will be supervised by an approved
The University’s areas of research strength are          supervisor of the faculty in which the student is
grouped around the following flagships and               enrolled. Co-supervisors may also be appointed.
research centres:                                        The minimum time for a doctorate is two to three
                                                         years full time. For a Master’s degree the
   Mathematics Education and Literacy                   minimum is one year full time.
   Quality of Life and Social Justice
                                                         New Zealand Applicants are considered in the
   Creative and Authentic Leadership                    same manner as local students.
   Centre for Early Christian Studies                   International students are considered in the
                                                         same manner as local students and if their
                                                         application is successful, will be assisted with the
                                                         necessary immigration procedures.
RESEARCH DEGREES AT ACU
International students may undertake the degrees
of Doctor and Master on a full-time basis only.
Candidates are accepted in designated specialist
areas, provided there exists a demonstrated
capacity for research supervision.
Specialist areas of research include:
Business, Early Christian Literature, Educational
Leadership, Environmental Science, Ethics,
Exercise Science, Family Studies, Humanities,
Information   Systems,     Lifelong    Education,
Management, Mathematics Education, Nursing,
Philosophy, Primary & Secondary Education,
Psychology,     Religion    Studies,    Religious
Education, Scripture, Social Policy, Social Work,
Teaching and Learning, Theology and Youth
Studies.
Research degree students are accepted and
enrolled in a faculty of the University and may be

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Commonwealth Government CHANGES TO                         Specific Teaching facilities include state-of-the-
                                                           art video-conferencing and computer-assisted
HECS EXEMPTIONS AT POSTGRADUATE
                                                           learning. Computer facilities are available for
RESEARCH LEVEL (LOCAL STUDENTS ONLY)                       student use with a range of appropriate hardware
The Commonwealth Government has amended the                and software for classroom, research and
Regulations governing HECS Exempt places in                professional purposes. Libraries with relevant
Australian Universities. A Research Training Scheme        study and research information systems are
(RTS) has been introduced and a national quota on          found on all campuses also linked internally and
the number of RTS places each University may hold          externally to other university and national systems.
has been introduced by the Commonwealth
                                                           Recreation and sporting facilities are available
Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
                                                           at different levels on all campuses with several
(DETYA). Only students enrolled in a RTS Place will
                                                           having access to gymnasium, swimming and/or
be HECS Exempt.
                                                           squash facilities. The campuses are generally in
Universities are able, however, to offer fee-paying        easy reach of major commercial centres for
places at postgraduate research level. In order to         banking, shopping, etc.
accept commencing students in places other than
those under the DETYA Research Training Scheme,            POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS
ACU has introduced a Fee-Paying Scheme for Higher          Decisions regarding Postgraduate Research
Degree Places in 2001 and 2002. Fees are set at the        Scholarships are normally made at the end of
relevant HECS Band Levels. All Australian Citizens         each calendar year. Applicants must hold a 1
                                                                                                            st

and Permanent Residents are currently awarded a            class honours degree or equivalent qualification
Fee-Waiver Scholarship. Fees are set at the                from an Australian university or recognised
relevant HECS Band Levels. These scholarships are          overseas university. Applications are made
dependent on the continuing availability of funding and    through the same forms and process as
maintaining satisfactory academic progress.                application for candidature. Applications close on
                                                           31 October each year. Late applications for
                                                           scholarships cannot be accepted. Incomplete
TUITION FEES (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS )                     applications also cannot be considered.
International students are liable for full tuition         International students may be eligible for some
fees, which are competitive with those of other            Australian Government Scholarships, which are
Australian Universities. A Fee Schedule is                 open only to applicants from certain countries.
enclosed.                                                  Some cover fees, air fare to and from Australia,
                                                           an establishment allowance, fortnightly stipend
Full Tuition fees for full-time students cover:
                                                           and tutorial assistance where required.
tuition, reception at the airport nearest to the
campus, assistance with finding accommodation,             Applicants should contact their nearest Australian
access to the same student services and facilities         diplomatic mission or IDP Education Australia
during their stay in Australia that are available to       office for details of the external aid-nominating
local students, study skills assistance, and               authority in their own country. Students living in
membership of student representative council.              Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines should
                                                           contact their nearest IDP office.
SERVICES AND FACILITIES
                                                           International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Student Counseling and Support are available               (IPRS) are awarded for research study at PhD,
on every campus to assist with any study related           EdD or Master’s level and cover the full tuition
matters or issues that impinge on study, and               costs only. Applications are open to citizens of all
includes assistance for international students             overseas countries (except New Zealand), who
during their time in Australia. Additionally there is a    are commencing full-time research, in the year
Campus Ministry service concerned with the                 following application, for a higher degree by
spiritual and communal well-being of students; this        research. The closing date for receiving IPRS
is open to students of all faiths and back grounds.        applications the is 31st October each year.
There are also Student Representative
Councils, elected by students, on each campus
                                                           Application Kits may be downloaded from our
to promote the cultural, sporting and recreational
and religious welfare of all students.                     website: http://www.acu.edu.au/research or by
                                                           email request to res.cand@acu.edu.au.
Orientation Sessions for new students normally
occurs in the first couple of weeks prior to the start
of each semester. These sessions cover study
and university processes and facilities, as well as
cultural familiarisation for international students.

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           ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

   The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) requires all
   international students to sit the International English Language Test SYSTEM (IELTS)
   unless they have obtained a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from a country whose first
   language is English (for example: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand).

   Australian Catholic University requires that all students have a good command of
   written and spoken English. The minimum English language proficiency requirements
   for entry to higher degree research degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and
   the Faculty of Education are:

          IELTS with an overall score of 6.5, including individual scores of 6.0 for
           writing and speaking and 5.5 for listening and reading tests.

   The minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to higher degree
   research programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences are:

          IELTS with an overall score of 6.5, including individual scores of 6.0 for all
           tests.

   NOTE:            Students who have obtained a university degree from a country whose first
                    language is English and who obtain a 6.5 on the IELTS, but have a slightly
                    lower score on one or more of the individual scores will be granted special
                    consideration. If such applicants are accepted into candidature they will be
                    required to undertake English Language Assistance upon commencing their
                    course of study in Australia.


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         SCHEDULE OF ANNUAL FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN 2008

                               Course                         Campuses (Annual Fee AU$)
                               Length                       Sydney
           Course              (Years)   Brisbane   Nth Sydney Strathfield  Canberra    Ballarat        Melbourne
Doctor of Education              3-4      15,400      15,400       15,400    15,400     15,400           15,400
Doctor of Philosophy             3-4      15,400      15,400       15,400    15,400     15,400           15,400
Master of Philosophy             1-3      15,400      15,400       15,400    15,400     15,400           15,400
Master of Education              1-3      15,400                   15,400                                15,400
Master of Exercise Science       1-3                  15,400                                             15,400
Master of Midwifery              1-3      15,400                                                          15,400
Master of Nursing                1-3      15,400      15,400                                 15,400       15,400



  The fees listed are based on full-time on-campus study. Tuition fees are fixed at the rate upon commencement,
  provided the courses are completed in the minimum time. Tuition fees include Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  where applicable.




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         POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

The University offers a number of Postgraduate Scholarship opportunities to students enrolled
in the following higher degree by research* programs:
        Doctor of Education by taught component and a Major Dissertation
        Doctor of Philosophy by Major Thesis only
        Master of Philosophy by Major Thesis only
        Master of Education by taught component and a Major Thesis
        Master of Exercise Science by Major Thesis only
        Master of Midwifery by taught components and a Major Thesis
        Master of Nursing by taught component and a Major Thesis

    *    A higher degree by research program is defined by the Commonwealth Department of Education,
         Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA) as having a major thesis equivalent to at least 66% of the degree
         requirements.


Applications are welcomed from Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents for the
following postgraduate awards:
      Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Awards (ACUPA) With Stipend
      Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) With Stipend

Applications are welcomed from international students and non-permanent residents in
Australia for the following awards:
      Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Awards (ACUPA) With Stipend
      International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for all scholarships with stipend should hold a First Class Honours Degree (H1) or
equivalent qualification from an Australian university or recognised overseas university.

Applications for an APA With Stipend must be Australian Citizens or have permanent resident
status and must have lived in Australia continuously for the 12 months prior to the closing date
for applications (31 October). Students who are unable to undertake full-time postgraduate
study for compelling personal reasons (excluding employment) are eligible to be considered
for a part-time APA With Stipend. The compelling personal reasons must be documented at
the time of application.

DETYA makes available a small number of International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
(IPRS) to overseas students at higher degree by research level. The IPRS scheme covers the
full tuition fee for part of the course.

CHANGES TO HECS SCHEME AT POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH LEVEL
The Commonwealth Government has amended the Regulations governing HECS Exempt places
in Australian Universities. A Research Training Scheme (RTS) has been introduced and a national
quota on the number of RTS places each University may hold has been introduced by the
Commonwealth Government. Only students enrolled in a RTS Place will be HECS Exempt.

Universities are able, however, to offer fee-paying places at postgraduate research level. In order
to accept commencing students in places other than those under the RTS, ACU has introduced a
Fee-Paying Scheme for Higher Degree Places. Fees are set at the relevant HECS Band Levels.
All Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents are currently awarded a Fee-Waiver
Scholarship. Fees are set at the relevant HECS Band Levels. These scholarships are dependent
on the continuing availability of funding and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.




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            Australian Postgraduate Awards With Stipend (APA)
      International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
     Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Awards With Stipend
                                  (ACUPA)

APA, IPRA, and ACUPA: These awards are available for full-time students undertaking research degrees [as defined by
                      the Commonwealth Government Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
                      (DETYA)] in the Faculties of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences.
Eligibility:              Applicants should hold a first class honours degree or equivalent qualifications from an
                          Australian University or recognised overseas university.
                          Applicants for an APA must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status
                          and have lived in Australia continuously for the 12 months prior to the closing date for
                          application.
                          Applicants who have previously held an APA for more than 3 months are ineligible to apply.
                          Applicants for an IPRS must be International students (not NZ).


Value of an APA:          $18,484 pro rata a year; full time (currently tax exempt) [All rates are in 2004 Australian $.]
Value of an IPRS:         An IPRA will cover the full tuition fees approved by the Commonwealth Government.
Value of ACUPA:           $18,484 pro rata a year, full time (currently tax exempt) [All rates are in 2004 Australian $.]
Allowances:               An APA allowance for relocating between Australian cities to take up an award:
                           -     Travel expenses (economy airfares maximum, one-way only) for student, spouse and
                                 dependants.    (For Australian citizens and permanent residents living overseas, the
                                 allowance applies only from port of entry into Australia to the relevant campus.)
                           -     Removal expenses of up to $505 per adult and $255 per child to a maximum of $1,455.
                          A thesis allowance of up to $840 for PhD or $420 for Masters upon presentation of receipts
                          after the thesis has been submitted for examination.
Fees Payable by Award Holders: Student Services Fee, Student Representative Council Fee (SRC) and GST on the
                               SRC Fee
Tenure of an APA:         Masters candidates:                 2 years maximum
                          PhD or EdD candidates:              3 years, with a possible extension of 6 months
Tenure of an IPRA:        Normally 2 years at Master’s Level or 3 years at Doctoral Level
Tenure of an ACUPA:       Masters candidates: 1 year          PhD or EdD candidates: 3 years (not extendable)
General:        Students unable to undertake full-time postgraduate study for compelling personal reasons are
                eligible to be considered for a part-time APA which is not tax exempt. Full details must be provided
                with the application for a part-time award. The desire to undertake part-time employment is not an
                acceptable reason.

                The award is to be commenced no earlier than 1 January and no later than 31 March in the year for
                which it has been awarded. In exceptional circumstances, it may be commenced no later than 20
                June. The award may be held concurrently with other non-Australian Government awards. Paid work
                may be permitted to a maximum of 8 hours per week in the period Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

                Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.

Applications:   Application forms are available from the Research Services Web Site: www.acu.edu.au/research
                or by email to: Res.Cand@patrick.acu.edu.au.
Closing dates: 31 October (Late applications can NOT be considered.)


Committee meeting date to review scholarship applications: normally mid-December




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                      DOCTOR OF EDUCATION - EdD

The EdD is a professional degree course in the Faculty of Education and includes
advanced studies in a chosen field of education together with research and
application in an area of educational professional practice, policy or administration.
Its primary aim is to prepare professionals who will be capable of exploring the
educational needs of a community and applying their knowledge and skills to
improve educational organisation and systems so as to advance the level of
education in that community.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 2.5 years full time or 4 years part time
Campus: Aquinas (Ballarat), McAuley (Brisbane), St Patrick’s (Melbourne), and
            Mount St Mary (Sydney)


EdD ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for admission to the EdD Programme must have completed a Master’s
degree in education. In addition, applicants require at least three years professional
experience.

Special Entry
Applicants for entry in the EdD degree course who have a master’s degree in a field
other than Education may be allowed special entry provided there is evidence of the
completion of appropriate professional study and experience. If such study is
lacking, the applicant must successfully complete appropriate studies as required by
the Faculty of Education Research and Research Degree Standing Committee.

COURSE OUTLINE
Candidates complete one generic unit, two specialised study units, one research
methodology unit and a thesis of 50,000 to 55,000 words.

Generic Unit
Issues and Problems in Education. This unit examines key contemporary issues in
Education from different perspectives, helping candidates think outside their usual
paradigms. The unit takes a problem-based approach. The assessment task in this
unit contributes to chapter one of the thesis: The Problem and the Context.

Specialised Unit
Units will be available in Adult and Community Education, Educational Leadership,
Religious Education, and Teaching and Learning. In Teaching and Learning,
specialisations may be available in Assessment, Children’s Literature, Computer
Education, Counselling in Schools, English Education, LOTE Education,
Mathematics Education, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Social Education
and TESOL Studies. The assessment tasks in these two units will contribute to the
Literature Review of the thesis.




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Research Unit
Methods and Methodologies, This unit will contribute to the development of chapter
three of the thesis: Research Methods and Methodologies.

Thesis
Before proceeding to the thesis stage candidates will defend their research proposal
at a proposal defence seminar. Candidates must demonstrate that their proposed
research will contribute to knowledge and improved professional practice in
education, and is appropriate in its aims, size, scope, and methodology.

Supervision of thesis/dissertation
Each candidate will have two supervisors.         An associate supervisor from the
professional field may also be appointed.

Mode
The coursework units may be offered in mixed or flexible mode, by evening,
weekend or vacation attendance. Contact the EdD Co-ordinator at your local
campus for further details.




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                         DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY - PhD
The PhD is available in the University’s three faculties: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of
Education and Faculty of Health Sciences. The degree is awarded without classification on the
basis of examination of a major thesis. The requirements for the degree shall be completed by
submission of a thesis which demonstrates that the candidate has made a substantial
contribution to learning and appreciates and understands the relationship of the candidate’s
own investigations to a wider field of knowledge.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 4 years full time or 8 years part time
Campus: All Campuses


PhD ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet one of the following:

       A Bachelor’s Degree with First Class or Second Class Honours, Division A, or a
        master’s degree from ACU or another tertiary institution, or
       A Bachelor’s Degree with Second Class Honours in which there is no division and the
        Academic Board is satisfied that the standard attained is equivalent to an H2A from
        ACU, or
       A graduate of this or another tertiary educational institution and has after one year’s
        study in ACU reached in the examination period a standard equal to at least H2A, or
       A graduate of at least two years standing and the applicant’s research publications or
        written reports on work carried out satisfy the Academic Board that the applicant has
        the ability and experience to pursue the proposed course of study.




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                                         MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY - MPhil
The degree of MPhil is available in all Faculties of the University and is awarded without
classification on the basis of examination of a major thesis. The requirements for the degree
shall be completed by submission of a thesis which demonstrates the ability of a candidate to
conduct a research program, a command of the knowledge and skills pertinent to the area of
investigation, and a critical appreciation and understanding of the relationship of the candidate’s
work to the work of others within the subject area. A written examination on the material of the
thesis may be required.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 2 year full time or 4 years part time
Campus: All campuses

MPHIL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must meet one of the following:
                A Bachelor’s Degree with at least second class honours, Division B, or
         
                                               nd
                 A Bachelor’s Degree with 2 Class Honours in which there is no division and the
                 Research Committee is satisfied that the standard attained is equivalent to an H2B
                 from ACU, or
                A graduate of this or another tertiary educational institution and has after one year’s
                 study in ACU reached in the examination period a standard equal to at least H2B, or
                A graduate of at least two years standing and the applicant’s research publications or
                 written reports on work carried out satisfy the Academic Board that the applicant has
                 the ability and experience to pursue the proposed course of study.
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                 MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
The MPhil Preliminary Program is intended for applicants who wish to study at Master’s level but
who do not meet the Master’s level entry requirements. The program is available in all Faculties
of the University. There is no degree for a Master’s Preliminary. The Program is HECS liable.

Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Campus: All campuses

MPHIL PRELIMINARY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
It is expected that applicants will already have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have
completed studies relevant to the field of interest.
Course Outline
The Master’s Preliminary program may be completed by a variety of pathways according to the
student’s need to prepare to undertake a particular Master’s degree program. The course units
to be completed will be set at the time of admission.

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               MASTER OF EDUCATION [RESEARCH] – MEd(Res)

The MEd(Res) Programme aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of students in a
specialised area, and to develop the research skills needed to explore and advance their chosen
field of study. The Master of Education [Research] program provides opportunities for suitably
qualified people to undertake advanced studies in education leading, for suitable candidates, into a
doctoral program.

The programme will be completed mainly by a research thesis on an approved topic under the
guidance of a staff supervisor. For some students in a relevant unit/units taught at the University (or
more rarely at other institutions) may be prescribed after consideration of the candidate’s
background studies and research experience.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 2 year full time or 4 years part time
Campus: Aquinas (Ballarat), McAuley (Brisbane), St Patrick’s (Melbourne), and Mount St
            Mary (Sydney)


Med(Res) APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
Applications are encouraged from persons who have a first degree or postgraduate diploma in the
relevant area and appropriate professional experience. It is likely that the backgrounds of
candidates will vary considerably. Applications will only be approved if a staff member is available
for supervision duties and is willing to undertake supervision in the proposed area of study.

Special Admission
Applicants whose educational qualifications do not satisfy the requirements for admission but who
have a sound and sufficient basis for application based on previous studies or experience may be
granted admission.

Candidates without the necessary academic background in the area of study in which they intend to
research may be required to undertake specific units of study as a pre-requisite for admission.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to discuss their application and proposed area of research
with the relevant School Adviser.

Course Structure:
Stage 1: Research Methods Units: EDFD632 - Reading and Interpreting Research in Education,
and EDFD633 - Methods in Educational Research

Stage 2: The Major Thesis
EDCU614 - Major Thesis (full-time) or EDCU615 - Major Thesis (part-time)

COURSE OUTLINE

Some pre-requisite or co-requisite course work in areas such as research methodology may be
required depending on the background qualifications and experience of the candidate.




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Research Topics and Supervision
Research topics normally should be related to the academic areas of expertise and interest of
University staff. Each candidate will have two supervisors. An associate supervisor from the
professional field may also be appointed.

Areas of Interest
Students may pursue research topics of their own choice if appropriate supervision is available.
Examples of particular specialisation normally available are: Assessment, Children’s Literature,
Computer Education, Counselling in Schools, Critiquing Teaching, Educational Administration,
English Education, Futures Studies for Schooling, Issues of Learning, Literacy Education, LOTE
Studies, Mathematics Education, Program Evaluation, Religious Education, Science Education,
Social Education and TESOL Studies.




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               MASTER OF EXERCISE SCIENCE – MExSc(Res)

The MexSc(Res) in the Faculty of Health Sciences aims to allow graduates to pursue in depth study
within a selected area of Exercise Science by means of Research. Topics are addressed in areas in
which the School can provide appropriate specialist supervision. Areas of current research
involvement include sports science, sports management, exercise management, developmental
aspects of movement, rehabilitation, history and philosophy, sociological-psychological fields, and
health.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 2 year full time or 4 years part time
Campus: St Patrick’s (Melbourne), and MacKillop (North Sydney)

Regular consultation with the supervisor will be required. Students attend a weekly on-campus
research seminars.

MExSc(Res) APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
Applicants must have a 4 year bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related area.

Special Entry will only be granted in exceptional and clearly defined circumstances. In considering
special entry professional and academic suitability will be assessed to ensure that the applicant has
reached a standard of education that would enable successful completion of the course.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
The course consists of a total of 80 credit points comprised of a major research thesis and
attendance at research seminars.

Thesis
A report of a substantial piece of research (up to a maximum of 50,000 words) in which the student
has demonstrated an ability to conduct an independent research study, make appropriate
theoretical connections and add to the existing body of knowledge.

Thesis Supervision and Examination
Preparation of the thesis shall be under the guidance of a supervisor nominated by the School
Committee and approved by the University Research Committee. Assistant supervisors in the area
of specialty may be co-opted. Following lodgement of the written thesis, two examiners will be
appointed by the University. The examiners will make recommendations to the University as to the
acceptability of the thesis either in its present form or with specified amendments.




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     MASTER OF MIDWIFERY [RESEARCH] –MMid(Res)
This MMid(Res) research degree programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences aims to prepare
graduates for the role of a clinical nurse consultant. It is expected that graduates will have
advanced their understanding of a specific area of nursing, extended their ability to analyse and
synthesise knowledge, and developed a capacity to provide leadership in nursing.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 2 year full time or 4 years part time
Campus:      McAuley (Brisbane) and St Patrick’s (Melbourne)


MMid(Res) APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
Applicants must:
   have a bachelors degree in a relevant duscipline with honour at a minimum of 2B
  OR
   have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline plus a Graduate Diploma in an appropriate
      field of study


COURSE STRUCTURE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD
The course consists of a total of 80 credit points comprising two prescribed units (10cps each) and
a thesis (60cps). Attendance at research seminars is a requirement.

Prescribed Units
Interpreting Health Research. Prescribed unit undertaken on-campus – 2 hrs per week.
Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods. Prescribed unit undertaken on-
campus – 2 hrs per week.

Thesis
A report of a formal research project undertaken in an area of choice in midwifery. The thesis
consists of a major work, up to a maximum of 50,000 words.

Thesis Supervision and Examination
Preparation of the thesis shall be under the guidance of a supervisor nominated by the School
Committee and approved by the University Research Committee. Assistant supervisors in the area
of specialty may be co-opted. Following lodgement of the written thesis, two examiners will be
appointed by the University. The examiners will make recommendations to the University as to the
acceptability of the thesis either in its present form or with specified amendments.




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        MASTER OF NURSING [RESEARCH] - MN(Res)
This MN(Res) research degree programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences aims to prepare
graduates for the role of a clinical nurse consultant. It is expected that graduates will have
advanced their understanding of a specific area of nursing, extended their ability to analyse and
synthesise knowledge, and developed a capacity to provide leadership in nursing.


Mode: Full Time or Part Time
Normal Course Length: 2 year full time or 4 years part time
Campus:      Aquinas (Ballarat), McAuley (Brisbane), St Patrick’s (Melbourne) and MacKillop
             (Sydney)


MN(Res) APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
Applicants must:
   have a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree or a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a
      graduate diploma in an appropriate field of study
   be eligible for registration in the country of initial qualification
   provide a resume demonstrating at least 2 years post-registration nursing practice

Special Entry will be granted to health professionals without an undergraduate degree only in
exceptional and clearly defined circumstances. In considering special entry, the professional and
academic suitability will be assessed in the light of:

   pre-registration preparation and subsequent experience
   standard of education that would enable the applicant to complete the course successfully

COURSE STRUCTURE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD
The course consists of a total of 80 credit points comprising two prescribed units (10cps each) and
a thesis (60cps). Attendance at research seminars is a requirement.

Prescribed Units
Interpreting Health Research. Prescribed unit undertaken on-campus – 2 hrs per week.
Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods. Prescribed unit undertaken on-
campus – 2 hrs per week.


Thesis
A report of a formal research project undertaken in an area of choice in nursing. The thesis
consists of a major work, up to a maximum of 50,000 words.

Thesis Supervision and Examination
Preparation of the thesis shall be under the guidance of a supervisor nominated by the School
Committee and approved by the University Research Committee. Assistant supervisors in the area
of specialty may be co-opted. Following lodgement of the written thesis, two examiners will be
appointed by the University. The examiners will make recommendations to the University as to the
acceptability of the thesis either in its present form or with specified amendments.



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