The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers 28 postgraduate coursework degrees at Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level, across more than 30 subject areas. 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 year full-time
Two to four years part-time
The Master of Arts is available in the following specialisations: Art History; English; Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies; History (only available in semester 1, 2013); Holocaust Studies; and Social Policy. Click on the Master of Arts link in the list above to find out more.
Please note: Most of the courses listed above are also available as a Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate. For more information, use Sydney Courses to find a course.
With the exception of the Master of Translation Studies (72 credit points), Master of China Studies (96 credit points), Master of China Public Administration (96 credit points), Master of Economics (72 credit points) and the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific Regional Program) (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
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
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.