Master of Arts



Undertake supervised research in arts and contribute to your chosen discipline area.

This is an exciting opportunity to thoroughly immerse yourself in an interesting topic – all the while learning research and analytical skills to apply in your professional life.

 You’ll complete a thesis of 40,000-50 000 words, embodying the results of research carried out in your chosen field of study. You may submit a thesis comprising creative works and an exegesis of no fewer than 10,000-12 000 words.

 The Master of Arts is conducted under the supervision of a panel, chaired by an experienced principal supervisor. If you show significant promise as a research student, you might be invited to apply to enrol in the Doctor of Philosophy program.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool
    • Cloud Campus

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Applications for research degrees without scholarship may be made at any time. Commencement of research degrees is not confined to Deakin's trimesters.

Key information

Award granted

Master of Arts


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code





Higher Degree Research

Entry requirements

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Research Information

Supervision is available in most discipline areas offered by the Faculty. Contact the Higher Degree by Research Officer on Tel 03 5227 2226 or email


Deakin University offers scholarships for study towards higher degrees by research. For further information, contact the Research Scholarships Officer, telephone 03 5227 3492 or email

Course Structure

A candidate is required to complete a thesis of 40 000-50 000 words, embodying the results of research carried out in the field of study specified at the time of enrolment.  Candidates in the arts may submit a thesis comprising creative works and an exegesis of no fewer than 10 000-12 000 words. After a suitable qualifying period, generally at or post colloquium, Master of Arts candidates showing significant promise as research students may apply to transfer their enrolment to the Doctor of Philosophy program.  Transfer is dependent on meeting the required academic standard and full support from your principal supervisor.

How to apply

Higher Degrees by Research

Higher degree by research applicants must apply via the online applicant portal. You will be required to attach a number of certified supporting documents, in addition to your research proposal and referee reports.

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.

Apply through HDR

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load and the length of your course.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Offered campuses


Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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