Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; 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 course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMA(Res&Cw)
CRICOS code075414B
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students should note the teaching location of units in their chosen area of study as this may entail travel to another campus. Studies in publishing and communications are taught at the Monash Melbourne central business district (City) location.


This course provides students who already have previous studies in an arts discipline with the opportunity to expand, update and deepen their knowledge and understanding through a combination of research and coursework activities in a range of disciplines.

Research component

66 per cent

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for research master's candidates refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (


This course consists of a research project and coursework units.

Areas of study


Students, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the student's chosen discipline, including attending and/or presenting at seminars, undertaking any required coursework studies and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. In certain disciplines in the faculty, creative work or performance or a critical commentary may also form part of the thesis assessment.

(c.) complete a coursework component as detailed for the student's chosen discipline from those listed under 'Areas of study'.

Thesis component

The thesis research area/topic and supervisor(s) will be set by agreement with both the candidate and the school. Whether a student is allowed to undertake a thesis on a particular topic is contingent upon the availability of appropriate supervision. Candidates are expected to consult with their supervisor regularly and to maintain the momentum of their thesis research.

Coursework component

Units are normally 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Where there is a choice of units in an area of study, students should not include any units previously completed in another course, such as master's qualifying year, postgraduate diploma or honours year. Also, students need to enquire about the availability of the units for particular semesters since this will vary and not all units are offered every year.

Units will normally be completed in the first semester (if full-time) or the first two semesters (if part-time). Students would normally complete their coursework units before starting their research.

Those candidates who have not completed the required pre-requisites for a unit may be exempted with the approval of the course coordinator.

Alternative exit(s)

Students will exit the master's course with an appropriate award if they do not maintain the required academic level.


Master of Arts by Research and Coursework