9.2 SKILLS

9.2 SKILLS

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SKILLS
Research Opportunities

BCIA currently has 10 PhD top-up scholarships available, and is encouraging Australian based graduates to consider enrolling for a MPhil, a Masters degree by research, which may suit industry-based graduates, and for which there are generally no course fees.



BCIA PhD top-up scholarships – 10 scholarships currently available



BCIA is currently offering PhD top-up scholarships for up to ten postgraduate research projects, focused on innovation in the development of brown coal low-emissions technologies. Students must be prepared to work on project topics that have already been approved by the BCIA Board.

BCIA’s PhD top-up scholarships are valued at $10,000 per annum (for a maximum of three years), of which $7,000 per annum will be paid as a stipend to the PhD student and $3,000 per annum will be allocated to support travel and other research costs.

Scholarships are still available for research on selected topics at Federation University at Churchill, the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Students with an interest in undertaking brown coal-related projects at any of these institutions should contact BCIA for details of the remaining research topics and supervisors that qualify for BCIA scholarships.

Applications for these scholarships will be accepted from both Australian and international students until 30 April 2014.

Further information, guidelines and application templates can be found in the ‘Skills’ section of the BCIA website (
www.bcinnovation.com.au/2013ResearchScholarships).


Enquiries about either the BCIA PhD top-up scholarships or the Master of Philosophy course can be directed to:

Dr David McManus
BCIA Research Investment Manager
e:
david.mcmanus@bcinnovation.com.au.

Masters of Philosophy



Many people are not aware of the research opportunities available to Australian graduates who are currently working in industry.

The Master of Philosophy course is a research-based program intended to provide research training for graduates who wish to extend their skills and improve their prospects of advancement with their employer.


The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised masters degree by research. It is designed to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research.

The MPhil course is basely solely on research work, and extends for two years full-time or four years part-time. There are no fees associated with this course, as it is subsidised by the Federal government as a training scheme.

Candidates for this course are typically required to have completed at least a four-year honours degree at H2A (75–79 per cent) grade from an Australian university (although sufficient workplace experience may be regarded as a suitable substitute), and must have already developed an understanding and appreciation of a body of knowledge relevant to the intended MPhil.

The MPhil course would be ideally suited to someone already working in industry, and who is in a position to further their career prospects by undertaking a university-based research project that would be of benefit to their employer.

Most Australian universities offer the MPhil course, but the entry requirements may vary. General information about the Master of Philosophy course can be found at http://education.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions-research-training-scheme-rts, and additional details can be found on the websites of individual universities.




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