Arts

Research master degree

Note Please note: This information is based on the 2015 course. We are in the process of updating for 2016, and the information will be available shortly.

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

At a glance

For students looking to begin study in 2016.

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration: 2 years (full time), 4 years (part time)

Note: Part time for domestic students only
Start date: Throughout the year
Qualification: Master of Arts, Master of Arts (Creative Writing), Master of Arts (Music Composition), Master of Arts (Music Performance), Master of Arts (Theatre Performance)

Information about fees

Overview

The Master of Arts by 100 percent research will allow you to undertake substantial independent research on your chosen topic while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors. You will produce a research thesis (or alternative approved output) and your research will make a contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

Monash Arts is renowned for innovative, engaging and high quality research in the humanities and social sciences and the Research Graduate School is committed to providing graduate research education of the highest quality in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

Research topics are available in most areas of research strength including: Cultural Heritage; Environmental Sustainability; Interpreting Cultures; Philosophy and Bioethics;Social and Cultural Theory; Global Change and Global Security; Health, Wellbeing and Social Change; and Performance.  Non-traditional research outputs can also be pursued in specialisations in Creative Writing, Music Composition, Music Performance or Theatre Performance.

While undertaking your research, you will be supervised by academics whose research expertise aligns with yours. Our Faculty of over 500 academics are highly committed to train high quality, internationally recognised scholars that are passionate about producing cutting edge research and keen to contribute to their fullest capacity to the betterment of society at large.

See our research supervisors and their areas of expertise for further information.

Increasingly Arts research graduates are pursuing careers on the professional job market, responding to the needs of the 21st century. Research graduates now seek skills and training for many purposes: to collaborate with other researchers, manage teams, develop research strategies, be competitive in attracting research funding, gain patents and engage people in social change.

You may also choose to continue on to a PhD given your new-found skills in applying, clarifying, critiquing and interpreting knowledge.

Speciality course

For more information visit the faculty website.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements

Qualifications

Admission to the Master of Arts requires one of the following minimum qualifications in a relevant discipline:

  • a four-year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above) in an honours year (normally with a research component in the fourth year); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above), and a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

Additional requirements apply for the following specialisations.

  • Creative Writing – applicants must also submit satisfactory evidence of creative work in a portfolio including a representative selection of their creative work, completed or in progress, published or unpublished.
  • Music Composition – applicants must also submit satisfactory evidence of creative work in a portfolio including music composition work in the style in which the student proposes to work (i.e. classical, jazz, popular music, world music, computer music).

    Applicants who have obtained the minimum qualification in Music (or a related discipline) without successfully completing composition units at fourth-year level (or equivalent) must demonstrate their ability to compose through the submission of at least two original musical works to the satisfaction of Program Coordinator of the Theatre, Music and Performance Program.
  • Music Performance – applicants must also submit evidence of creative work in a portfolio including music performance work in the style in which the student proposes to work (i.e. classical, jazz, popular music etc).

    All applicants must attend a performance audition or, in the case of overseas or interstate students, a video recording of a performance will be accepted for consideration of entry in lieu of an audition. The video must be recorded in one session, be uncut, and be accompanied by a statutory declaration.
  • Theatre Performance – applicants must also submit evidence of creative work in a portfolio including a representative selection of the student's performance work in the practice genre in which the student proposes to work.

Note: The work submitted in the portfolio for admission may not form part of the materials submitted for examination.

Applicants should make contact arts.research.degree@monash.edu to discuss any specific program expectations.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 2695

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

Fees to be advised.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)

RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Note: Fees for courses offered in Malaysia and South Africa will differ from those shown here.

Scholarships

We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website