Faculty of Graduate Research

Master's by Thesis

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Enrolment Information

If you are interested in enrolling for a Master’s degree, you should contact one of Victoria's academic faculties or schools directly. Faculties and Schools at Victoria.

If you are unsure about what to study or what postgraduate option would suit you best, then please contact the Postgraduate Liaison Officer.

See the Scholarships homepage for information about funding opportunities.



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The Role of the Faculty of Graduate Research

The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) is responsible for overseeing Master's degrees by thesis. The FGR develops policy relating to the Master's by thesis and monitors candidature.


The FGR does not administer Master's degrees by coursework. Nor does it handle Master's by thesis enrolments or the ongoing administration related to extensions, suspensions, re-enrolment and examination. These are the responsibility of academic faculties and schools.


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Information for Master's by Thesis Students

While the majority of this website is written for PhD students, some sections of the site apply to Master's by thesis students.


You may find it helpful to read our guide to supervision for PhD students.

The guide covers the responsibilities of both supervisors and students. Many sections will be of direct relevance to Master's students.

Progress Reports

From the 1st of January 2013 Master's thesis students are expected to submit their thesis within 12 months.

The progress reporting requirements have been amended to:

  • within one month, complete Confirmation of Master's Thesis Research Proposal
  • progress report at three months
  • progress report at eight months

 Master's thesis reports

 Research Resources and Support

Our page on the resources and support services available to research students contains information on a range of topics.


The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) runs monthly workshops for PhD students. Master’s by thesis students are welcome to register, but will be waitlisted where numbers are limited. 

During the year the FGR also brings visiting academics to Victoria to run seminars and workshops on a variety of topics related to postgraduate research.  These are advertised on the FGR website and in VicNews.  Many are also open to Master’s by thesis students. 

Policies and Guidelines

The Master's Thesis Policy and other guidelines relevant to Master's students.


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Converting from a Master's to a PhD

In some cases, it may be possible for Master's by thesis students to convert to a PhD.