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:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Numbers aren’t always important. But when you graduate from a university that's ranked one of the world’s best, you’ll share that reputation. Not just after graduation but long after you leave.


Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


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 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019


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