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2013 Master of Arts (Specialisation)(R7W)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 2 yrs, Maximum 5 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):



From Semester 2 2013, this course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.
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This on-campus, 1.5 years full-time (or, up to 6 consecutive years part-time) course is available at Hobart and/or Launceston (not all specialisations are available on both campuses). Some units will be available by off-campus study, but not in sufficient numbers at this stage to complete the degree in this mode.

The following specialisations are available within the MArts(Spec):

  • Aboriginal Studies (not offered in 2013)
  • Asian Studies (not offered in 2013)
  • Australian Studies (not offered in 2013)
  • Chinese (not offered in 2013)
  • Classical and Medieval Studies (not offered in 2013)
  • Creative Writing* (not offered in 2013)
  • English (not offered in 2013)
  • German (not offered in 2013)
  • History (not offered in 2013)
  • Indonesian (not offered in 2013)
  • Japanese (not offered in 2013)
  • Philosophy (incorporating Gender Studies) (not offered in 2013)
  • Sociology (not offered in 2013)
  • Social Research (not offered in 2013)

Students may also undertake a program combining two of the above specialisations.

*Creative Writing may also be offered in Cradle Coast Campus, subject to sufficient numbers of students.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2012. For students who commenced prior to 2012, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Normal admission requirement are:

  • successful completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation) with a Credit average; or
  • a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent from the University of Tasmania with Credit average results; or
  • a university degree from another university or tertiary institution, deemed to be appropriate by the Faculty of Arts; or
  • candidates not holding a bachelor's degree but whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily may be deemed eligible for admission.

Course Objectives

Master of Arts (Specialisation) (R7W)

It is intended that, upon completion of this course, students will:

1. Be able to synthesise and contextualise an existing corpus of research-based scholarly literature.
2. Have developed extensive skills to enable them to design, conduct and critically appraise research using methods appropriate to the discipline.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including any core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation). Students who terminate their studies after completing 50% of coursework units (including any core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation). Students who complete the Master of Arts (Specialisation) at a sufficiently high level and who show an affinity for research will be encouraged to consider progression to a research higher degree.

Where specialisations permit, students will have the opportunity to undertake 12.5% or 25% of internship units (subject to negotiation with the course co-ordinator) as part of the Graduate Diploma. The maximum percentage of internship units able to be counted to the Graduate Diploma is 25%.

Based on a completed Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the same discipline at UTAS, 100%will articulate toward the Master of Arts (Specialisation) in the same discipline, unless advised otherwise by the student. Honours from other institution can also be considered for credit (subject to approval upon the receipt of the credit application).

Credit may be given at the discretion of the Faculty for previous postgraduate or honours level study study, or alternative achievements by students in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.

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