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We offer a higher degree by research (HDR) program of study by either a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). An HDR candidate works independently under the direction of one or more academic supervisors on a research program, the net result of which is a substantial written document, or thesis.

HDR programs of study in a variety of maritime-related areas such as:

  • Surface and underwater vehicle hydrodynamics
  • Ocean renewable energy
  • Marine modelling
  • Marine engine performance
  • Fluid-structure interactions
  • Maritime transport logistics
  • Maritime safety including human factors
  • Maritime emergency and crisis management

HDR Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD normally takes from three full-time, or up to eight years part-time and is the highest level university qualification. Candidates are required to submit a thesis which makes a substantial, original contribution to the scholarly literature in their research. From 2011, in addition to producing a thesis, which is assessed by external examination, PhD candidates are required to participate in a Graduate Certificate of Research. The Graduate Certificate is designed to equip candidates with skills and attributes expected by future employers, and includes studies in communication and advanced analysis specific to their discipline.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

A masters degree normally takes from one to two years full-time, or up to four years part-time. The degree is assessed by the external examination of a thesis. From 2011, in addition to producing a thesis, MPhil candidates are required to complete one core and one elective from the Graduate Certificate of Research. If the candidate transfers to a PhD, they will need to complete the Graduate Certificate.

For further information about AMC's HDR programs, contact the Graduate Research Coordinator for your area of interest:

For information about the HDR application process and scholarships, please visit the University of Tasmania's Graduate Research Website.
For information about postgraduates studies by coursework please visit Postgraduate Courses.