Master of Arts - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

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

Course code


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Contact details

Arts researchArts research (

Admission and fees


Course type

Master by research

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

The student's research master's project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within the standard duration of the degree, taking into consideration all elements, including any compulsory coursework required.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Malaysia)

Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)


Master of Arts

Master of Arts (Creative Writing)

Master of Arts (Music Composition)

Master of Arts (Music Performance)

Master of Arts (Theatre Performance)

The actual award conferred depends on the studies completed.


  • The following specialisations are only available on-campus at Clayton: creative writing, music composition, music performance, theatre performance.


Enrolment in a master's by research degree involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by you as the student. It is expected that the research you undertake will make a contribution to the discipline in which you are enrolled by applying, critiquing, analysing or interpreting that knowledge in ways that facilitate pathways for further learning. You will be supported in your research by a supervisory team.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Successful completion of the degree will signify that the student has successfully completed a course of research training under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis (or equivalent) that the examiners are satisfied makes a contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field.

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • any faculty or program induction requirements.

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy ( and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy BankUniversity Policy Bank ( for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of a research and thesis (or equivalent) component.


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

1. carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the school of enrolment in your chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant discipline

2. submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 40,000 words (or equivalent) on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of a thesis including published worksthesis including published works ( may be permitted.

In the following specialisations, non-traditional research outputs are to be submitted in lieu of a thesis:

a. Creative writing - a piece of creative writing of not more than 25,000 words with an accompanying exegesis of not more than 15,000 words.

b. Music composition - a folio of music compositions with a minimum playing time of 45 minutes with an accompanying exegesis of not more than 15,000 words.

c. Music performance:

  • Option A: 90-minute creative portfolio of musical works and 7,000 - 9,000 word written research report
  • Option B: 60-minute creative portfolio of musical works and 15,000 - 18,000 word exegesis

d. Theatre performance - a performance project of a minimum of 60 minutes with an accompanying exegesis of not more than 15,000 words.

3. if undertaking research in philosophy, complete the activities outlined for the following program:

Philosophy research masters program

Research topics are available in most of the faculty's areas of research strength, depending on supervision and resource availability. For more detail refer to the faculty's postgraduate areas of studyareas of study ( in the Handbook or visit the Arts ResearchArts Research ( website.