Master of Indigenous Philosophies

Relevant, resonant research for Indigenous Australians

The skills you acquire through the Master of Indigenous Philosophies at Southern Cross University make an invaluable contribution to Indigenous Knowledge and may lead you into working with, and for, Indigenous communities.

As you study, you’ll become part of the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, which is known for its commitment to delivering culturally safe, dynamic and innovative Indigenous studies.

Gnibi College is situated in the heart of the Bundjalung Nation on the North Coast of NSW. Its dedicated team works with great drive and integrity towards providing the best Indigenous teaching, research and positive learning outcomes.

Academic staff in the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

Meet your supervisors

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Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples seeks to empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through providing units of study that increase the knowledge of and understanding about Indigenous peoples, cultures and worldviews.


FacultyDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples 2 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour 097467G Dr Cathy Howlett


A Masters by Thesis work must show evidence of competence in research and scholarship including:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes.

The Thesis must be clearly, accurately and cogently written and suitably documented. The work must demonstrate originality and a thorough understanding of the field of study.

Striving for a better education experience and outcomes for Aboriginal children, Ian's research is already being implemented in Queensland.

Ian Mackie

PhD Candidate, School of Education

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $26,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate Studies providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, SDHDRT and Head of School/College/Research Centre. For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic (or equivalent) equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the School/College/Research Centre and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate Studies, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

The candidates will be encouraged to restrict their investigations to issues that are relevant and provide benefit to Indigenous peoples.

Contact the Graduate School


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