The University of Melbourne is among the top performing academic institutions for competitive research funding, PhD completions and publication of research material in the world.

Research collaborations with industry partners help us to develop innovative approaches to real world challenges, and to develop applied research that produces cross-sector improvements as well as economic, social and cultural benefits.

Proud of its research efforts, the Faculty of Arts is no exception. In 2018, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences received an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking of 5 across 3 areas of study, and a further ranking of 4 across 9 areas of study. The scores, determined by the Australian Research Council, are well above the world average.

To carry out our research, we align with the following research schools and centres. Browse the links below to see the range of research projects we are currently working on.

We are proud to say our graduates become dynamic and global thinkers, scholars and leaders. Benefits that students can enjoy undertaking study with us include unparalleled knowledge and expertise, and an experience that extends beyond graduation to our acclaimed alumni network.

Welcome from the Dean

We aim to develop ethical leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion to make a positive contribution to the world.

Our programs foster social, political and cultural understanding, critical and creative thinking, and allow you to apply your skills and knowledge to real world situations. You’ll develop advanced knowledge in your discipline area and acquire professional skills for a rewarding and meaningful career.

Our academic staff are not only nationally and internationally renowned researchers and leading practitioners in their fields of expertise, but also committed teachers who encourage intellectual excellence and critical enquiry. They also bring substantial industry experience and expertise to teaching roles, ensuring you remain attuned to the latest developments in their field. I look forward to welcoming you into the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

—Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Message from the Director

At the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you will be exposed to the latest academic research and thinking on the ways in which the humanities and social sciences can contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and societies.

We offer a suite of graduate programs in which you will develop the knowledge and skills to influence lives and events at both local and global levels.

Our specialised School combines the opportunity to acquire a graduate degree, to undertake industry placements and the possibility of undertaking an extensive research project that may lead to research higher degree studies.

The Graduate School offers a remarkable intellectual and international community which we invite you to join. I look forward to welcoming you to the School soon.

—Associate Professor Kate McNeill, Director, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is very proud to have a vast number of graduates with successful careers who are making a difference to their industry and the community.  Our alumni make an impact across a whole range of industries and sectors.  Here are some of their stories.

If you're interested in learning more about studying at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS), we invite you to attend one of our upcoming events in Melbourne or overseas.

Upcoming events international

Food Journeys: Explore marketing and communications at Melbourne
Mumbai: 22 February 2020

Join us in India to find out where marketing and communications at Melbourne can take you and your career.

Get a taste of life at the University of Melbourne and explore how modern marketing and communications is helping food and culture cross borders and reach new audiences.

You'll learn from some of the Faculty of Arts' most respected academics, put your skills to the test in a practical exercise and hear from Australian cooking icon and Faculty of Arts alum Stephanie Alexander.

To take part, you'll need to be a high-achieving student that has finished or is finishing a bachelors degree and be interested in pursuing a masters degree in marketing, communications, journalism, creative writing or publishing.

This is an exclusive event for qualified students only, and numbers are strictly limited. Register your interest now to find out if you're eligible to attend.

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