Master of Arts (Thesis Only)

2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 080604J

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Course Description


Challenge yourself in a degree that broadens your skillset and advances your career prospects. The Master of Arts (Thesis Only) lets you showcase your ability to present and argue a coherent hypothesis on your chosen issue, as supported by research and analysis.

Enjoy the flexibility to pursue an area of humanities and social sciences that interests you. You'll write a thesis (30,000 words) to apply your specialist knowledge to and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the discipline. The University of Melbourne provides research students with support including workshops, seminars and coursework leadership programs. You'll cultivate high-level research and writing skills, and study coursework elements that enhance your research training experience.

Who is it for?

If you want to develop specialised knowledge in one or more areas that interest you, the Master of Arts (Thesis Only) provides you with an advanced understanding of the major issues experienced in your chosen field.

Usually undertaken over 18 months (full-time) or three years (part-time), successful completion of the Master of Arts (Thesis Only) can act as a pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) degree. The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) only accepts applications for Semester 1 commencement - there is no mid-year intake. You're also expected to begin your degree by the first week of Semester 1.

Where will it take me?

Master of Arts (Thesis Only) career outcomes allow you to take a step in the right direction. You'll have a head start pursuing:

  • Higher research and academia
  • Consultancy
  • Managerial positions


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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

 International applicants can apply up to one year in advance of their studies. That is, if a student would like to commence in Semester 1, they can apply from Semester 1 of the previous year

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

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