Arts - 0498


Research master degree

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Master of Arts
Course Handbook

This research course is offered in the principal research area of the theory of art and design. The program requires students to develop a comprehensive written proposal that outlines their proposed project, places the research within the context of the scholarly literature and outlines the proposed methodology. Students will be examined entirely on the basis of the written paper, unlike the Master of Fine Arts or Master of Design, which focus on visual work. The thesis should be between 30,000 and 40,000 words.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Students should hold an Australian bachelors degree with honours (Upper H2B (mark of 65 or above)) or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution in an area appropriate to their research discipline. In special circumstances, the Faculty may admit an applicant who lacks any of the qualifications listed above, but whose publications and other experience is considered by the Faculty to be equivalent research training in the proposed field of study. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applications must be accompanied by a research proposal of 200-300 words.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Prior to submitting a formal application for a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course at MADA, prospective applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest. Following consideration of the Expression of Interest by the Faculty, suitable applicants may be invited to apply.

Details about MADA's Expression of Interest and Application to Higher Degree by Research Process can be found here.

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 0498

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.