About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Majors, minors and specialisations
- Further study
Course Coordinator contact:
For currently enrolled students:
- General information about enrolment:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: Room G07, Babel Buiding
For future students:
|Award title||Master of Arts|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Research|
|Duration||2 years full-time, or equivalent part-time|
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.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a four-year honours degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component, equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study. Applicants should have achieved a minimum weighted average of 70% in the final year subjects, or (University of Melbourne) equivalent, with a minimum result of 75% for the research component; or
- a Masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component, equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study. Applicants should have achieved a minimum weighted average of 70% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent with a minimum result of 75% for the research component; or
- a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent;
- a research proposal;
- referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years); and
- the endorsement of a prospective supervisor
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants’:
- prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional qualifications;
- understanding of the research question to be explored;
- demonstrated ability in academic writing;
- performance at an interview;
- motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
- relevant prior research and/or professional experience; and
- referee reports.
3. The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. The minimum English language requirements for this course are: Band 7
Note: The School of Social and Political Science is not considering applications for the Master of Arts (Thesis Only) for 2021. The intakes into Anthropology, Criminology, Development Studies, Political Science and Socio-Legal Studies have been suspended for 2021.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport 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/
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of the masters, students should:
- have produced 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; and
- demonstrate aptitude for original research at a higher degree level in the future.
For further information please see http://learningandteaching.unimelb.edu.au/curriculum/graduates
1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time
The award of the Master of Arts (Thesis only) is based solely on external examination of the MA research thesis. The expected length of an MA thesis is between 30,000 – 37,500 words. Permission is required from the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) if a thesis is to exceed 37,500 words, and the thesis must not exceed 50,000 words (or equivalent) without special approval from the Research Higher Degrees Committee.
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).
Majors, minors & specialisations
Master of Arts graduates may proceed to further research in a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Last updated: 17 October 2021