Major/Minor/Specialisation !MR-ARTSTHS-SPC+1010 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Dr James Chong-Gossard



Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


The Master of Arts in Classics is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in Ancient Greek and Latin literature in the original languages. 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 the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) must be attained to qualify for the award of the masters degree.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Arts (Thesis only) in this area of specialisation should acquire transferable generic skills in the following areas:

  • research
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • thinking in theoretical terms
  • thinking creatively
  • understanding of social, ethical and cultural context
  • communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically
  • written communication
  • public speaking
  • attention to detail
  • time management and planning
  • teamwork

Structure & Available Subjects:

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

The Master of Arts (Thesis only) in this area of specialisation requires:

  • thesis - 30,000 words

Please note: it is expected that a graduate of the University of Melbourne will be able to engage in academic discourse in English. Therefore a research Masters thesis will normally be written in English. At the same time the faculty seeks to encourage the acquisition of appropriate levels of linguistic and cultural competencies necessary for research of international distinction. Consequently, if a candidate wishes to write a thesis in another language, an application can be made to the faculty's Research and Research Training Committee at an early stage in the candidature. The committee will consider such an application if the source material and readership are primarily in that language or the thesis is concerned with the study of language. Where permission is granted, a summary of the thesis (approximately 2,500 words) in English should be bound in the thesis.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Thesis only)

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