Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis)

1.5 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 080605G

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International Application deadlines

Please note no mid-year intakes are offered.

Applications from international applicants for admission into the graduate research programs by the Faculty of Arts are accepted at any time of the year. However, applications should be submitted before 31 August to be eligible for various international scholarships

For more detailed information please go to the Application Deadlines website.

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Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 March 2018 noting that you must supply your final results and evidence of course completion by 30 April 2018 to meet the requirements of the scholarship criteria. If you are not able to meet these deadlines, you will be considered for the following intake.

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Step 1 - Check the entry requirements and make sure you’re eligible

Please read through the Application Checklist before proceeding with your application and refer to the Entry requirements to see if you are eligible to apply.

All applications must also satisfy the University's English Language Requirements.

Step 2 - Prepare a research proposal and writing sample

In addition to the Graduate Research Degrees University application requirements, the GSHSS requires applicants to submit a 2,500 word thesis proposal and 5,000 word writing sample.

A research proposal of 2,500 words

A research proposal is not a statement of your beliefs or of what you want to prove, it’s a topic or question that you wish to examine objectively. It must focus on a particular issue or question The research proposal is the starting point for your thesis and is often considered as even more important in your application than your previous academic marks.

Your research proposal should include a brief introduction and conclusion, with the following outline:

  • The specific area of your intended research, with a clear title.

  • A brief summary of the key literature in this field.

  • A sketch of the key research questions you hope to answer.

  • A description of the methodology required to conduct this research.

This information will assist the School selection committee to make a qualitative assessment amongst the many applications received for available places. It will also enable the School selection committee to ensure that appropriate expert supervision is available, as well as the resources necessary to facilitate your proposed research.

A writing sample of 5,000 words

In addition, you are required to provide a 5,000 word sample of your recent work. This could be an extract from your Honours thesis, or a recent essay or paper that demonstrates your research and writing abilities.

It’s also important to provide a brief explanation of the context, ie whether this is a chapter from your thesis, or a 4th year essay, or a paper writing in a particular context.

Ensure both documents are labelled with your name, the School to which you are applying and the date.

Step 3 - Identify if appropriate supervision is available

You can find a potential research supervisor from our list of academics to suit your proposed area of specialisation.

Once you have found a potential supervisor you can contact them with your research proposal and writing sample.

Alternatively you can contact the Graduate Research Administrator in the relevant school to assist you with identifying if appropriate supervision is available for your research. Potential supervision can only be established with a complete research proposal. View contacts from each school below:

You will be advised to proceed with a formal application should supervision be available.

Step 4 - Submit an Application

For more detailed information please visit the Graduate Research Application Information page.

Frequently asked questions

For questions, please check our frequently asked questions. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, contact one of our friendly advisors for help.

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