Arts Research Training - A7001

Arts Research Training

Research master degree

The Master of Arts (Research Training) is a graduate research degree which can be undertaken following completion of a regular three-year undergraduate degree. It is also an appropriate entry point into graduate research for prospective candidates with extensive industry experience or non-traditional research outputs who may not meet the traditional PhD admission requirements. This course will provide students with the opportunity for more specialised, in-depth research training in a discipline or on an interdisciplinary topic. It will also provide opportunities to translate your research for a particular professional context.

You will complete a combination of coursework and research in your chosen humanities and social sciences discipline. This course will allow you to undertake substantial independent research on your chosen topic while supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors. Our Faculty of over 500 academics is committed to train internationally recognised scholars that are passionate about producing cutting edge research and keen to contribute to their fullest capacity to the betterment of society at large. A key strength of our research programs lies in their diversity. This is reflected in our academics who are some of the world’s most inspiring and distinguished researchers.

See our research supervisors and their areas of expertise for further.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date
First semester, Second Semester
Master of Arts Research Training
Course Handbook

Master of Arts (Research Training) requires you to i) complete 2 coursework units, totalling 24 credit points (including one 12-point mandatory core unit) in semester one of enrolment and ii) produce a research thesis of 20,000-25,000 words (or alternative approved outputs). We offer supervision across seven graduate research programs:

  • Film, Media, Communications & Journalism
  • Historical Studies, including Archaeology, Ancient History, History, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies and Indigenous Studies
  • Linguistics & Applied Linguistics
  • Literary & Cultural Studies, including Jewish Cultural Practices, Creative Writing, Languages and World Literature, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Philosophy, including Bioethics and Human Rights
  • Social & Political Sciences, including Anthropology, Criminology, Human Geography, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Gender Studies
  • Theatre, Performance & Music

Non-traditional research outputs can also be pursued in specialisations in creative writing, music and theatre performance.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


To meet the admissions requirements for the Master of Arts Research Training, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • 3-year Bachelor's degree completed in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, in a relevant discipline, including a 6 point research literacy unit ATS3222 Developing Research Literacy and a 6 point research capstone unit in the final year. Note: in order to undertake this 6 point Developing Research Literacy unit, students must do a pre- or co-requisite with a research capstone unit. Students must achieve a minimum 75% average in their majors, and 75% for the two research and discipline capstone units, or
  • A Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper or its international equivalent, or
  • A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or at least two years of documented professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (2), or
  • Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (2)

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

There are two intakes per year (semester one and semester two).

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

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 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.