A Master by Research degree enables you to demonstrate mastery of inquiry in a field of a discipline or profession.

A Master by Research degree enables you to demonstrate mastery of inquiry in a field of a discipline or profession.

Master of Science (Research)

Biology and Biochemistry R/421/7/0033 | MQA/SWA0738 (18.05.2028)
Environmental Science R/422/7/0016 | MQA/SWA0734 (18.05.2028)
Mathematics R/461/7/0009 | MQA/SWA0735 (18.05.2028)
Statistics R/462/7/0012 | MQA/SWA0736 (18.05.2028)
Computer Use R/482/7/0117 | MQA/SWA0827 (18.05.2028)

A Master by Research degree requires you to demonstrate mastery of inquiry in a discipline or profession. You will undertake supervised research and write a thesis equivalent to 50,000 – 60,000 words.

A Master by Research candidate is expected to plan, conduct and complete a research project; understand relevant techniques in the field, demonstrated both by comprehensive review of the literature and by research processes adopted; access and interpret key data in relevant fields; and present outcomes clearly and logically using relevant media.

The duration of a full-time Masters by Research is based entirely on the presentation of a major thesis to the satisfaction of the University’s Higher Degrees Committee

Course details

Please consult the School of Research for information regarding course details.

Fees & scholarships


Malaysian students
RM28,320 per annum
International students
RM36,080 per annum

* The indicative course fees shown here applies to students studying on-campus in Malaysia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student’s study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.


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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A Master by Research candidate must have completed a three-year degree with a minimum average of 65% in the final year units of study.

English Requirements

Applicants must produce evidence of adequate language capability in written and spoken English through one of the following:

  • obtain a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL equivalent no longer than 24 months before submitting your application
  • satisfactorily complete the Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced level certificate at the postgraduate level (EAP 5: PG-70%)
  • successfully complete a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.

Application process

Should you have any questions about enrollment please contact the School of Research hdradmission@swinburne.edu.my

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