Our programs are of world-class quality and scholarship, and our academics encourage critical inquiry, creativity, and a questioning of ideas and theories.
- Degree Programs
Enrolling to study with us at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences means you'll benefit from a world-class education.
- Executive Education
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is uniquely positioned to customise executive and professional development programs for business, government and NGOs at state, national and regional levels and deliver multi-dimensional programs to suit your organisation’s requirements.
- Application information
Find out more information on how to apply, supporting documents, tuition fees, frequently asked questions and more, on the Faculty of Arts website
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The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to extending opportunities for graduate study to under-represented groups.
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers high achieving students scholarships of up to 50% fee remission for international students enrolling in a Masters by coursework degree.More Information
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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 2011, we received an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking of 5 across 7 areas of study, and a further ranking of 4 across 15 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.
The importance of Asia and the Middle East continues to grow at significant pace. The Asia Institute strives to provide leadership in the study of the rich intellectual, legal, political, cultural and religious traditions of these vital regions. A number of projects probe Asia-Australian relations, the lives and cultures of Asian migrants to Australia, CALL (computer aided language learning), endangered languages, dialectology, modern history and various forms of Asian popular culture.
School of Culture and Communication
The School of Culture and Communication is a thriving centre for critical thinking in the humanities. Study areas include literary and cultural studies, art history, cinema and performance, media and communication and Australian indigenous studies. The School hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Australian Institute of Art History, the Australian Centre, and the Research Unit in Public Culture.
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies was formed in 2011. It comprises the programs of History, History and Philosophy of Science and Philosophy. It also manages the Centre for Classics and Archaeology, the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and the Centre for Jewish History and Culture. Areas of expertise cover diverse times, places and themes – and reflect the latest developments in historical research and vocational practice.
School of Languages and Linguistics
The School of Languages and Linguistics is one of the greatest Language and Linguistics research centres in Australia, and indeed one of the finest in the our part of the world. Home to the Language Testing Research Centre and the Research Unit on Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication, the School boasts world-class facilities held together by a total of over 100 researchers. These include staff and students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and research fellows.
School of Social and Political Sciences
The School of Social and Political Sciences provides a positive environment for both students and staff to engage in cutting-edge research across Political Science, Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies and Social Theory. Researchers benefit from a dynamic and rewarding environment comprising reading groups, seminars, conferences and access to graduate journals.
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences works closely with an extensive network of partners across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors to provide industry-based opportunities for our graduate students.
Our industry partnerships span collaborative research, internships and professional development opportunities, scholarships and prizes as well as a rich calendar of workshops and networking events.
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers internship and professional development opportunities with leading organisations nationally and internationally, which allow our graduate students to apply their skills in a vocational context, build their professional networks and gain deeper insights into their chosen career.
The Faculty of Arts and Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences support a range of cultural initiatives through partnerships with key creative industry organisations.
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is very proud to have a vast number of graduates with successful careers.
Perspectives Career Development Series
The Perspectives Career Development Series is designed to facilitate graduate student engagement and networking opportunities with prominent alumni from a diverse range of sectors, who are invited to speak from their own experience about career development and emerging roles and transformations in a broad range of corporate, government and not for profit settings.
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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 Denise Varney, 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 works with a wide range of academics and professionals to achieve its goals
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Frequently asked questions about research, fees, entry requirements, accepting offers, Master of Cultural Materials Conservation and Executive Master of Arts.
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.
For Master of Journalism graduate Michael Roddan, telling truth to power is just another day at the office. He works as a Business Reporter at The Australian, covering banking and financial services.
Master of Social Policy graduate Mishma Kumar is driven to make a difference. Day-to-day she supports people affected by drug and alcohol issues and finds the time to contribute to state-wide public policy.
Master of Arts and Cultural Management graduate Kate Stephens is passionate about finding ways to make opera accessible and engaging.
For Master of Publishing and Communications graduate Lachie Humphreys, writing, researching, interviewing and conversing with Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Frank Moorhouse were all in a day's work during her student days. A year later, she is Managing Editor.
Master of Applied Linguistics graduate Jarrad Merlo co-found an online company that prepares candidates for English language exams. The learning platform delivers one on one tutorials with teachers around the world.
Master of International Relations graduate Dan followed his interest in Asian markets to KPMG, where he now works as a consultant in the Access Asia team.
Master of Development Studies alumna Bronwyn heads up IWDA’s Women’s Action for Voice and Empowerment (WAVE) program, which aims to put more women in positions of power across the Asia Pacific, and increase women’s roles in the decision making in their communities.
For Master of Public Policy and Management graduate Chirag, networking with like-minded people working across the public sector and getting involved in a range of opportunities were key to his success in securing a job with leading accounting firm KPMG.
Carly combines her background as a secondary teacher with a Master of Art Curatorship to do “anything from taking exhibition-focused tours to history-focused tours” aimed at “everybody from newborns to adults” at the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
For Kararaina Te Ira, the care and preservation of cultural artefacts is more than just a job. These objects, known in Maori tradition as “taonga”, are thought to be prized representations of the ancestors.
Marie-Luise Schega is passionate about using business tools for good. A graduate of the Executive Master of Arts, she’s now carving out a career in the rapidly developing social enterprise field.
Writer and University of Melbourne alumnus Sam West generates ideas constantly but when it comes to turning ideas into published pieces, he says the driving force is to keep pitching ideas as they emerge.
Criminology is a buzz concept on television but the reality of a career in the field is far from the images depicted on crime shows like CSI, says Amani Udumalagala, who works to help prevent, detect and respond to fraud and corruption.
Alexa Viani says that she’s very lucky to work at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest, and largest, cultural institution.
“Anybody can learn the practical skills of media. But the people who change the conversation are those who bring a new perspective.” So says Stephanie Wynne, who works as the Employer Brand Specialist for Asia Pacific South at Carlton and United Breweries