Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
CoordinatorRobyn Spence-Brown


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Supervision of research candidates, as well as coursework-based studies are available in the following areas:

  • applied linguistics
  • child language acquisition and language planning
  • gender studies
  • history of the Asia-Pacific wars
  • intercultural communication
  • Japanese culture and society
  • Japanese history (20th century)
  • Japanese interpreting and translation
  • Japanese linguistics
  • Japanese sociolinguistics
  • language pedagogy and language education policy
  • languages in contact


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points selected in consultation with the course coordinator, including:

  • 12 or 24 points of research units
  • no more than 12 points of advanced Japanese language units
  • a research methods unit from an appropriate discipline
  • the remaining units required from level four units in appropriate disciplines

Research units include:

  • APG5038 Research dissertation in languages, cultures and linguistics, part A (12 points)
  • APG5039 Research dissertation in languages, cultures and linguistics, part B (12 points)
  • APG5706 Research project in languages, cultures and linguistics (12 points)
  • APG5760 Research dissertation in languages, cultures and linguistics (24 points)

It may be possible to include study in Japan as part of this program.

Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/courses/2846.html.

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Japanese studies are expected to develop research skills through the completion of a thesis as well as acquiring advanced knowledge of Japanese society, culture or language.


Students normally complete two level five units in Asian studies or other appropriate discipline. See http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/asian-studies/pg-arts-asian-studies.html.

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.