Postgraduate Coursework

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers 26 postgraduate coursework degrees at Master level, most of which are also offered at Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level. The postgraduate program caters for a range of study interests, whether you’re seeking higher academic qualification in your chosen discipline, a broader, stimulating course of study in a new discipline you’ve always wanted to investigate, or selective, focused non-award study.

If you are seeking information on Upgrading your degree, or exiting with a shorter award course, please refer to the Student Administration Manual page for guidelines and an application form.

Master Degree


* No new enrolments in 2014



Please note: Most of the courses listed above are also available as a Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate.

Master courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. The length of time it takes to complete a Master course as a full-time student can vary from one to two years, depending on the number of credit points required for the course and, in some cases, on your previous academic history.

Master courses include core or compulsory units of study, and electives and in most cases require the submission of a piece of research writing (long essay or dissertation). A dissertation is normally 10,000 – 12,000 words on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Graduate Diploma

One year full-time
Up to three years part-time


A Graduate Diploma requires the satisfactory completion of between 36 and 48 credit points, depending on the requirements of the specific degree. The Graduate Diploma may be undertaken full-time over 1 (one) year, or part-time (up to 3 years). Graduate Diploma courses may include core or compulsory units of study. Candidates who have satisfied the requirements for the award of the Graduate Diploma may apply to upgrade to the Master course in the same sequence, provided that their results are of sufficient merit.

Graduate Certificate

Six months full-time
Up to two years part-time


A Graduate Certificate requires the satisfactory completion of credit points. Graduate Certificate courses may include core or compulsory units of study.

Please note: there is no admission to the Graduate Certificate in Development Studies for international students because the course is only offered on a part time basis.