Masters by Research

  • 2240
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Semester 1 (March) or Semester 2 (August)
  • 1.5 years minimum; 2 years maximum (full-time)


A Masters by Research provides you with the opportunity to develop expert knowledge in an area of built environment research. You will be required to undertake an original investigation, however in comparison to a doctorate, this investigation is generally more limited in scope and degree of originality.

In addition to the development of expert knowledge, the focus of a Masters by Research is on enhancing a student’s skills in research, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving. 
You can find out more about our Faculty research areas by exploring our research pages or visiting individual staff profiles.
For information on the structure of the program, please refer to the UNSW Online Handbook.

Supervision and Academic Support

Highly qualified and experienced academics, representing a wide range of built environment disciplines, provide academic support and supervision to the faculty’s research students.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering applying for enrolment in a Masters by Research, you need to contact prospective supervisors to determine in advance if they are in a position to supervise your research topic. It is recommended that you make initial contact via email. If you are local, you should then arrange a face-to-face meeting; if overseas, ideally arrange a SKYPE interview.
In order to assist commencing students in developing an appropriate research methodology, Masters by Research candidates are required to undertake a course in their first session - BENV7020 Research Seminar. 
UNSW Built Environment also provides other forms of support, including dedicated workspaces and related facilities for its research students. Regular seminars and workshops aimed at developing skills in academic research and writing are also provided. A close relationship is maintained with the UNSW Graduate Research School to address student needs on an ongoing basis.

Entry Requirements

As a general guide, the minimum requirement for admission to Masters by Research is an appropriate undergraduate degree with honours that includes a substantial research component or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent by the faculty’s Higher Degree Committee. 
For full admission, application and enrolment requirements please see How to Apply.



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