Master of Arts (Thesis only)

The University of Melbourne

This program provides students with an opportunity to carry out sustained and independent research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and skills in a chosen area of study and make an original contribution to the discipline.

Course Fee:

International: $72,619

Entry Requirements:

4 year honours degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component, equivalent to at least 25% of 1 year of full-time study. Applicants should have achieved and have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the final year subjects, (or University of Melbourne equivalent), with a minimum result of 75% for the research component, or masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component, equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study. Applicants should have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 70% (or University of Melbourne equivalent) with a minimum result of 75% for the research component, or a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent, and applicants must also include a research proposal, referee reports and an endorsement from a prospective supervisor.


30,000-word thesis; or coursework and 20,000-22,000 word thesis.

Subjects you can Study:

Ancient world studies; Anthropology; Applied philosophy; Arabic; Archaeology; Australian studies; Chinese Classics; Criminology; Cultural studies; Cultural materials conservation; Creative writing; Development studies; English language; French language and literature; Gender studies; German; History; History and philosophy of science; Indonesian; Islamic studies; Italian; Japanese; Jewish studies; Journalism; Linguistics; Media and communications; Philosophy; Political science; Russian studies; Screen studies; Socio-legal studies; Social theory; Spanish; Theatre studies

Study Pathways:

Master of Arts graduates may proceed to further research in a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.

Study options

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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