Master of Arts

Higher degrees research

With a blend of theory and practice and a host of majors to choose from, studying a Master of Arts at Deakin gives you flexibility and balance.

Key facts

Duration

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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.

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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.

Coursework unit - to be completed by all students

Details available at the following site:

https://www.deakin.edu.au/research/become-a-research-student/phd-xtra 

Students must also complete

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Arts
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A800
    CRICOS code?
    001869E
    Level
    Higher Degree Research
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

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

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

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Applicants must have demonstrated evidence of a high standard of research ability. This is normally an Honours year to H2B (60%+) standard, or a coursework master degree with a substantial thesis. However, other evidence of research ability may be considered and could include a thesis as part of an international undergraduate degree; relevant refereed publications; research awards; or research experience.

    For more information please visit the Deakin Research - Higher Degrees by Research page.

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    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.


    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 artsed-research@deakin.edu.au

     

    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 research-scholarships@deakin.edu.au

    Contact information

    Faculty of Arts and Education
    Tel 03 5227 2226

    artsed-research@deakin.edu.au

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    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLO)
    • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more discipline areas by generating substantial contribution to knowledge through the use of appropriate research principles and methods.

    1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

    3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

    6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

    • Apply critical analysis and reflection to ethically research, synthesize and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, interpretations and theories to demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice.
    • Effectively disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using highly developed communication skills and work productively within a team of experts in the field.

    4.  Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

    5.  Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

    7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

    • Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, initiative, resilience and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

    2.  Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    8.  Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board July 2016

     


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