The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers 27 postgraduate coursework degrees at Master, 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 Forms and Procedures page for guidelines and an application form.
One to two years (depending on the degree) full-time or two to four years part-time
Please note: Most of the courses listed above are also available at the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level. For more information, use Sydney Courses to find a course.
With the exception of Master of China Studies (96 credit points), Master of Economics (72 credit points) and the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (60 credit points), the Master courses listed above require the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points).
Full-time courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences take between one year and two years depending on the course, or (for domestic students) the courses take two to four years on a part-time basis. Master courses include core or compulsory units of study, and/or a dissertation (normally 2 units of study = 12 credit points) and elective units of study. The dissertation is normally 10,000 – 12,000 words on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.
One year full-time or up to three years part-time
A Graduate Diploma requires the satisfactory completion of 6 units of study (36 credit points)*. 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.
*The Graduate Diploma in Economics requires the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points).
Six months full-time or up to two years part-time
A Graduate Certificate requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 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.