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

Course 102BD (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.


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 subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year
Elective Subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

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 thesis proposal of 2,500 words 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: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Graduate Attributes: Please refer to the University Graduate Attributes: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/about/attributes.html
Links to further information: http://www.historical-studies.unimelb.edu.au/

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