Master of Arts (Thesis only)

Course MR-ARTSTHS (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - 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.


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Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts


Course Overview:

The Master of Arts by research (thesis only) is a graduate research degree designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and skills in a chosen area of study and make an original contribution to the discipline.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the masters will:

  • produce a 30,000-word thesis on a research project;
  • demonstrate an ability to present, argue and demonstrate a coherent hypothesis on an issue in;
  • the specialisation, supported by research and analysis;
  • demonstrate aptitude for original research at a higher degree level in the future.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time

Students are required to complete:

  • 30,000 word thesis

Please note: student are required to enrol into the minor thesis subject (as per their specialisation) for 3 semesters full time (or part time equivalent)

Entry Requirements:

Completion of a four year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area, with an Honours thesis result at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) and an overall Honours result at least equivalent to an H2B (70%) at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants without the required Honours degree may still be considered with significant fourth year, masters or postgraduate diploma research experience. Research experience must also be relevant to the proposed topic of research.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Further Study:

Master of Arts graduates may proceed to further research in a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Graduate Attributes: None

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