M.A.Australian Studies (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

Course 102-BD (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Dr Sara Wills
School of Historical Studies
Email: s.wills@unimelb.edu.au


Arts & Music Student Centre
Email: arts-research@unimelb.edu.au

Course Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in Australian Studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to a PhD at an earlier stage. An Honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and the advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.


Students who complete the masters will:

  • have an advanced knowledge of the major debates in Australian Studies;
  • have developed a specialised knowledge in Australian Studies;
  • have produced a shorter thesis based on original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within their chosen sub-discipline of Australian Studies.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 20,000-22,000 words (75 points per year)
  • 2 elective subjects

Total points per year 100 - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise

Subject Options: Thesis
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2

Note: Subject selections must be approved by the Australian Studies Postgraduate Coordinator prior to enrolment at the Faculty of Arts. Students who wish to take subjects that are not listed must seek the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator of Australian Studies.
Entry Requirements:

A four year BA (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area. The grade for the honours thesis component must be at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) at The University of Melbourne and the overall honours result must be at least equivalent to an H2B (70%).

Applicants must include with their application a 2,000 to 2,500 word thesis proposal and a writing sample (this may be an essay from your previous degree, a chapter from your Honours or Masters thesis or a published article). The primary basis for selection is academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility.

Core Participation Requirements: -
Graduate Attributes: -
Generic Skills: -
Links to further information: http://www.historical-studies.unimelb.edu.au/

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