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Research master degree

Monash Arts is renowned for innovative, engaging and high quality research in the humanities and social sciences, and we are committed to providing graduate research education of the highest quality in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

By engaging with different cultural environments and communities around Australia and the world, we make deep connections that empower us to respond to the most pressing issues faced by society today. Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster or improve your knowledge, this Master of Arts by research degree can give you a distinct advantage, offering a huge range of research topic areas to choose from.

The Master of Arts 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 information.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
2 years (full time), 4 years (part time)

Note: Part time for domestic students only
Start date
Throughout the year
Master of Arts, Master of Arts (Creative Writing), Master of Arts (Music), Master of Arts (Theatre Performance)
Course Handbook

A Master of Arts requires you to produce a research thesis of up to 40,000 words (or alternative approved outputs). We offer supervision across seven graduate research programs:

  • Film, Media, Communications & Journalism
  • Historical Studies, including History, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies and Indigenous Studies
  • Linguistics & Applied Linguistics
  • Literary & Cultural Studies, including Creative Writing, Languages and World Literature, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Philosophy, including Bioethics
  • 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.

Visit the Faculty of Arts Graduate Research website.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

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

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

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.