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1272.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED), 2001  
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NARROW LEVEL 12 MASTER DEGREE LEVEL

MASTER DEGREE LEVEL provides in-depth study leading to greater understanding in a particular field, or to professional and vocational development in that field.

Theoretical and Vocational Orientation

The focus is an in-depth theoretical study of the nature and underlying principles of a chosen field, or the enhancement of specific professional and vocational skills usually undertaken by coursework and research.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree, a Bachelor (Pass) Degree and a qualifying year or equivalent, or a research-based Graduate Diploma. In some circumstances relevant prior work can be recognised, particularly where high level performance in graduate studies or relevant professional practice has been undertaken.

This narrow level comprises the following detailed levels:

121  Master Degree by Research
122  Master Degree by Coursework
123  Professional Specialist Qualification at Master Degree Level
124  Statement of Attainment at Master Degree Level
125  Bridging and Enabling Course at Master Degree Level



121 MASTER DEGREE BY RESEARCH

Master Degree by Research provides in-depth study leading to greater understanding in a particular field. The majority of the programme, usually about two-thirds, is undertaken as an original research project. Awards at this level are often converted to, or are preparatory for, a doctoral programme.

Theoretical and Vocational Orientation

The focus is an in-depth theoretical study of the nature and underlying principles of a chosen field.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree, a Bachelor (Pass) Degree and a qualifying year or equivalent, or a research-based Graduate Diploma. In some circumstances relevant prior work can be recognised, particularly where high level performance in graduate studies or relevant professional practice has been undertaken.

Notional Duration

The duration is typically the equivalent of one to two years of full-time study.


122 MASTER DEGREE BY COURSEWORK

Master Degree by Coursework provides in-depth study leading to greater understanding in a particular field, or to professional and vocational development in that field. The majority of the programme, usually about two-thirds, is undertaken as coursework.

Theoretical and Vocational Orientation

The focus is an in-depth theoretical study of the nature and underlying principles of a chosen field.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree, a Bachelor (Pass) Degree and a qualifying year or equivalent, or a research-based Graduate Diploma. In some circumstances relevant prior work can be recognised, particularly where high level performance in graduate studies or relevant professional practice has been undertaken.

Notional Duration

The duration is typically the equivalent of one to two years of full-time study.


123 PROFESSIONAL SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION AT MASTER DEGREE LEVEL

Professional Specialist Qualification at Master Degree Level recognises detailed knowledge and practical experience in the chosen field which demonstrates an authoritative standing as recognised by other professionals in that field.

Theoretical and Vocational Orientation

The focus is an in-depth theoretical study of the nature and underlying principles of a chosen field.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is a Bachelor Degree and several years practice in the chosen field.

Notional Duration

The duration is typically the equivalent of several years practice in the chosen field since graduation.


124 STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT AT MASTER DEGREE LEVEL

Statement of Attainment at Master Degree Level provides recognition of completion of any coursework components which may contribute towards a qualification at Master Degree Level, and is usually in the form of an academic transcript.

Theoretical and Vocational Orientation

The focus is an in-depth theoretical study of the nature and underlying principles of a chosen field.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree, a Bachelor (Pass) Degree and a qualifying year or equivalent, or a research-based Graduate Diploma. In some circumstances relevant prior work can be recognised, particularly where high level performance in graduate studies or relevant professional practice has been undertaken.

Notional Duration

Duration of education at this level may vary.


125 BRIDGING AND ENABLING COURSE AT MASTER DEGREE LEVEL

Bridging and Enabling Course at Master Degree Level provides specific background knowledge to allow further detailed study at a level higher than Master Degree Level for students who do not have the pre-requisite subject matter knowledge or who have not studied for some time.

Theoretical and Vocational Orientation

The focus is an in-depth theoretical study of the nature and underlying principles of a chosen field.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree, a Bachelor (Pass) Degree and a qualifying year or equivalent, or a research-based Graduate Diploma. In some circumstances relevant prior work can be recognised, particularly where high level performance in graduate studies or relevant professional practice has been undertaken.

Notional Duration

Duration of education at this level may vary.

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