Master of Arts (R8C)

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Time-based Research Period 1, Time-based Research Period 2
Time-based Research Period 1, Time-based Research Period 2
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Time-based Research Period 1, Time-based Research Period 2
A Masters by Research enables a candidate to develop knowledge of the principal doctrines of research in their discipline area and a substantive understanding of key conventions, norms and perspectives in the disciplinary or multi-disciplinary environment. 

Research is conducted over 1-2 years of full time equivalent study and normally results in a thesis (or its creative equivalent) of 50,000 – 60,000 words (depending on the discipline), written in English and independently examined by a minimum of three examiners external to and independent of the University.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

The research topic will reflect the interests of the candidate and the expertise of their supervisors.  To determine an expert in your field of interest, click on the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

To apply, see Graduate Research: for application information.

A Master of Arts qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship and as a pathway for further learning. 

Graduates will

  • develop knowledge of the principal doctrines of research in their discipline area and a substantive understanding of key conventions, norms and perspectives in their field.
  • acquire the capacity to formulate a research question and to reflect critically on the application of appropriate conceptual and methodological practices.
  • acquire advanced research training and provide evidence for critical analysis, effective communication and/or expression and advanced knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in their field.
  • demonstrate increasing independence, creativity and initiative in their research practice and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

The degree of Master of Arts is awarded on the basis of a Thesis prepared under supervision that presents the results of original research in a scholarship form demonstrating the Candidate’s knowledge of the research topic and the discipline/s it embraces, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.


Graduates of a Master of Arts will be able to:

  • use specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning;
  • demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice; and
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Graduates of a Master of Arts will be independent researchers able to:

  • demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its applications;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
  • generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level;
  • design, use and evaluate research and research methods;
  • communicate orally and in written form to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  • design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Master of Arts Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • plan and execute a substantial piece of research using creativity, initiative, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or scholar.
  • understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career outcomes

Master of Research degrees are internationally recognised research degrees. 

The Master of Research is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to initiate a research project and to formulate viable research questions, to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a defined project and to demonstrate critical evaluation of scholarly literature. 

As a result, Master of Research graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector, including: education, management, journalism, public policy, human resources, marketing and criminology.

Course structure

Entry requirements

Admission Prerequisites

Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. Applicants will be considered who have:

  • an honour's degree with at least second class lower standard; or
  • a masters degree with a minimum research component (e.g., a thesis); or
  • substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.

International applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements for admission.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students will be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship of AUD $22,000- $33,000. This scholarship is provided to individual students to offset their tuition fees.

These funds are provided by the Commonwealth Government as a contribution to the University towards the direct costs of a student’s research training (supervision, access to resources or facilities at the University, costs associated with fieldwork, training in techniques and necessary coursework undertaken outside the School/Institute).

International students

2017 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $29,000 AUD*.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


Higher Degree by Research Candidates may apply for a variety of scholarships to assist with the cost of living, tuition fees and other research costs. For a full list of scholarships available to domestic and international candidates please visit the Graduate Research website.

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