Currently, the Department of Humanities offers a fully accredited Master of Arts with a choice of specialisation in one of the following areas: History, English, Philosophy or Creative Writing.
The Master of Arts affords students the opportunity to participate in a broader community of scholarship and research within their chosen discipline. Depending on their particular course, Master of Arts students may undertake a combination of coursework, postgraduate seminars, directed study projects and supervised research aimed at developing in-depth knowledge and high level critical and reflective research practices.
Graduates demonstrate their specialist knowledge and skill by producing a major work of independent research, and are highly qualified to pursue employment, further research and/or scholarship with their field.
Further, a Master of Arts may offer students a way of gaining specialist knowledge and skills in an area relating to an existing profession, such as teaching, ministry or writing.
The Master of Arts comprises 96 credit points over two years full-time equivalent. Admission to the MA is contingent upon a GPA of at least 5.3 within the major area of study at undergraduate level. Admission may also be granted on the basis of other proven academic and/or professional experience. The MA is divided into two sections: a coursework component of 8 subjects (equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Arts), plus a major 40,000 word supervised Research Thesis.
Students with a relevant major at undergraduate level may be eligible for an Advance Standing of 24 credit points, going on to complete the remaining coursework component (4 subjects) plus the major Research Thesis of 40,000 words.
Students without a relevant major at undergraduate level will undertake a major sequence of 8 subjects in their chosen area (the equivalent of a Graduate Diploma in Arts), before going on to complete the major 40,000 word Research Thesis.
NB. Students may choose to exit after the coursework component (48 credit points) with a Graduate Diploma in Arts. Progression beyond the first 48 credit points is contingent upon students maintaining a GPA of at least 5.
NB. From 2014, the Department of Humanities plans to offer three distinct Master of Arts courses: a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (by coursework), A Master of Creative Writing (by research), and a Master of Arts in Humanities (by research). Please contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator for more information.
Course Duration: 2 years full time or equivalent part time.
Location: On campus or external
Intake: February and July
Prerequisites: Completion of undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a related field, or recognised equivalent. Mature age entry (STAT may be required). Admission may be subject to assessment of previous GPA.
Dr James Cooper
Postgraduate Research Coordinator
School of Humanities & Social Science
Call 08 8373 8777