Master of Arts (Thesis only) - Australian Indigenous Studies

Major/Minor/Specialisation !MR-ARTSTHS-SPC+1001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Philip Morrissey Head




The Master of Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies) is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in Australian Indigenous Studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and provide 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, with support from the thesis supervisor and Head of School, candidates may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. The Masters candidate must receive a thesis grade of at least H3 (65%) or better to be eligible for the award of the degree.

Learning Outcomes:

The Master of Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies) enables students to achieve in-depth knowledge in the Australian Indigenous Studies discipline, excellence in writing and research skills, and to be critical, creative and independent thinkers. As a program that explores the cultures and history of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, students will be attuned to cultural diversity and emerge from their Masters degree with a high level of respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and values. This cultural awareness will extend into an ability to respect cultural diversity globally. Students will be flexible, critical and creative thinkers able to transfer their skills to employment in a number of fields, including the public service, education, legal and medical professions, the arts, cultural heritage preservation, and land and natural resource management.

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
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