Master of Arts (By Research)

Deakin University

Undertake supervised research in arts and contribute to the chosen discipline area. This is an exciting opportunity for students to thoroughly immerse themselves in an interesting topic - all the while learning research and analytical skills to apply in their professional life. The Master of Arts is conducted under the supervision of a panel, chaired by an experienced principal supervisor. If students show significant promise as a research student, they might be invited to apply to enrol in the Doctor of Philosophy program.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have demonstrated evidence of a high standard of research ability. This is normally an Honours year to H2B (60 per cent or above) standard, or a coursework master degree with a substantial thesis. However, other evidence of research ability may be considered and could include a thesis as part of an international undergraduate degree; relevant refereed publications; research awards; or research experience.


The course requires completion of a thesis of 40,000 to 50,000 words embodying the results of research carried out in the field of study specified at the time of enrolment. Candidates in the Arts may submit a thesis comprising creative works and an exegesis of no less than 10,000 to 12,000 words.

Subjects you can Study:

Arts; Humanities and social sciences; Media and communication; Creative arts; Psychology

Study Pathways:

Candidates showing significant promise may apply to transfer their enrolment to the Doctor of Philosophy program.

Further information:

Supervision is available in most discipline areas offered by the Faculty.

Who for:

Graduates of Honours and Masters (by coursework)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00113B

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Burwood No info Yes Online 2 years
Burwood No info Yes Full time 2 years
Burwood No info Yes Part time 4 years
Warrnambool No info Yes Online 2 years
Warrnambool No info Yes Full time 2 years
Warrnambool No info Yes Part time 4 years
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Online 2 years
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Full time 2 years
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Part time 4 years
With Deakin’s practical and applied approach to learning it means ensuring graduates are highly regarded by employers and well prepared for the real world working environment. Deakin’s research translates into commercial outcomes that will make a difference to the communities Deakin serves.

Deakin University has five campuses, one in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong and one in Warrnambool on the south-west coast of Victoria. With 60,000 students, it is one of Australia’s largest universities. Deakin’s fastest growing campus is in the Cloud where 15,000 students study predominantly online. All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from Deakin’s award-winning digital environment.

Deakin is proud of its inclusive and student-focused culture and its reputation for using innovative digital solutions to provide an engaging and personalised learning experience. Deakin is committed to lifelong learning, providing students with choices about how, when and where learning occurs.

Deakin’s four faculties offer courses across the arts, science, sport, nutrition, architecture, business, law, medicine, optometry, engineering, nursing, allied health, psychology and teaching. It is on a strong research trajectory, estimated 211 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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