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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

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)
2016 course requirements

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Making the application


Research Training Scheme (RTS)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Scheme (RTS). Under the RTS, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


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.