Postgraduate Coursework

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 a current student seeking information on upgrading your degree, or exiting with a shorter award course, you can find guidelines and an application form here.

Courses

Following recommendations made by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for the reform of Postgraduate courses being offered by Australian Universities, the structure of many Postgraduate courses has changed, and will come into effect for the year 2015.

However, there will be future students looking to begin their postgraduate studies from the second semester 2014.

Thus, the table below presents a combined list of courses that begin from the second semester 2014 and also from 2015. Those that are listed as 2015 courses will take on the AQF recommendations, and are significantly different to their 2014 equivalents in terms of duration and units of study.

For course durations, please refer to the information within the linked pages below

Subject Area Master Degree Graduate Diploma Graduate Certificate
Applied Linguistics 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Art Curating 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Arts Postgraduate Cross-Institutional 2014 2015 - - - -
Arts Postgraduate Non-Award 2014 2015 - - - -
China Public Administration 2014 - - - - -
China Studies 2014 2015 - - - -
Creative Writing 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Crosscultural Communication 2014 2015 - - - -
Cultural Studies 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Development Studies 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2015
Digital Communication and Culture 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2014
Economics 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Economic Analysis 2014 2015 2014 2015 - -
English Studies 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Health Communication 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2014
Human Rights 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Human Rights and Democratisation 2014 2015 - - - -
International Relations 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
International Security 2014 2015 2014 - 2014 -
International Studies 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Media Practice 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Museum and Heritage Studies 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Peace and Conflict Studies 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Political Economy 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Public Administration 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Public Administration Postgraduate Cross-Institutional 2014 2015 - - - -
Public Administration Postgraduate Non Award 2014 2015 - - - -
Executive Master of Public Administration 2014 2015 - - - -
Public Policy 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Publishing 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
Social Work - - 2014 2015 - -
Strategic Public Relations 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
US Studies 2014 2015 2014 - 2014 -

For more information: You can search and review information on all of the courses offered by the University of Sydney at Sydney Courses.

Masters courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences generally require satisfactory completion of 12 units of study (72 credit points).

However, some courses may require up to 2 years full-time to satisfactorily complete 96 credit points of study. These courses do not require you to have a relevant background in the subject area and currently include:

  • Master of China Studies
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Security
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of US Studies
  • Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (96 credit points).

Masters courses requiring fewer than 72 credit points/12 units of study, for completion include:

  • Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (60 credit points)
  • Executive Master of Public Administration (60 credit points)
  • Master of Public Administration (48 credit points)

Relevant prior learning

Applicants will also be assessed for relevant prior learning in the subject area. For instance if you have a relevant honours degree, you may only need to complete 8 units of study (48 credit points) and, if you apply for one of our two year courses with a relevant undergraduate degree, you may only need to complete 12 units of study (72 credit points).

Masters degrees

From eighteen months full time or up to six years part-time

Most full-time courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences take between 18 months and two years to complete, depending on the course; domestic students can complete courses from two up to six 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.

Students normally complete our Masters courses within 18 months of full time study or three years part time, although you can take up to six years to complete a Masters course.

Master courses include core or compulsory units of study and elective units of study. All students undertake a capstone towards the end of the course and can choose the option that best suits their needs.

Capstone options include a significant research project and can also include a significant essay, an industry project or an internship. A research project or dissertation normally requires 12,000 – 15,000 words on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate

From first semester 2015, Graduate Diplomas are extended to 8 units of study (48 credit points) with the exception of Public Administration.

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.

All Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas include core 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.