Master of Arts
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Arts provides advanced learning opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. You can choose to proceed by coursework to complete the required 8 units of study, or undertake a combination of coursework and a research path, comprising a dissertation on an approved topic within the discipline.
The degree also affords the opportunity for interdisciplinary study, both within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or by combining approved units of study from other faculties: social policy and public relations, for instance, or philosophy and bioethics. The MA offers an enriching course of study building on your bachelor degree major, or a rewarding pathway to a higher degree by research in the humanities or social sciences.
The Master of Arts is available in the following areas: Art History; English; Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies; History; Holocaust Studies; and Social Policy.
Please note: The Master of Arts will not be available from semester 1, 2014. A new Master of English Studies degree will replace the English specialisation in 2014. More information about this new degree will be available in June 2013. *This new program is subject to CRICOS Registration.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ANHS6905 - Supervised Reading Course 1
- ANHS6906 - Supervised Reading Course 2
- ANHS6908 - MA Dissertation Part 1
- ANHS6909 - MA Dissertation Part 2
- ANTH6910 - Supervised Reading I
- ANTH6911 - Supervised Reading II
- ARCL6902 - The Archaeology of Athens
- ARHT5902 - Art Writing
- ARHT6914 - Art and Curatorship
- ARHT6920 - Dissertation Part 1
- ARHT6921 - Dissertation Part 2
- ARHT6923 - Gallery Internship
- ARHT6925 - Cinematographic Performance
- ARHT6930 - Film Theory: Art,Industry,Culture
- ARHT6933 - Australian Art: A World Upside Down
- ARHT6935 - The Art Museum: Past,Present and Future
- ARHT6937 - Curating Asian Art
- ARHT6939 - The Documentary Film
- ARHT6940 - Editing the Moving Image
- ARHT6941 - Aesthetic Debates & Curatorial Practices
- ARIN6901 - Network Society
- ARIN6902 - Internet Cultures and Governance
- ARIN6903 - Exploring Digital Cultures
- ARIN6912 - Digital Research and Publishing
- ARIS6905 - Dissertation - Part 1
- ARIS6906 - Dissertation - Part 2
- ARTS7000 - Academic Communication for Postgraduates
- ASNS6091 - Dissertation in Asian Studies (1)
- ASNS6092 - Dissertation in Asian Studies (2)
- ASNS6097 - Supervised Reading in Asian Studies (1)
- ASNS6098 - Supervised Reading in Asian Studies (2)
- ASNS6900 - Contemporary Asian Societies
- ASNS6901 - Japan in the Western Imagination
- ASNS6903 - Theory and Method in Asian Studies
- ASNS6905 - Asian Popular Culture
- CLST6007 - Old Irish 1
- CLST6011 - Old Irish 2
- CLST6012 - Middle Welsh 1
- CLST6013 - Middle Welsh 2
- DVST6901 - Development: Critical Perspectives A
- DVST6902 - Development: Critical Perspectives B
- DVST6904 - Rethinking Poverty
- ECOP6031 - Research in Political Economy
- ECOP6130 - Human Rights & International Development
- ENGL6040 - Introduction to Old English
- ENGL6041 - Old English Texts
- ENGL6042 - Old Norse
- ENGL6907 - Essay (English)
- ENGL6915 - Recovering Meaning: Novel into Film
- ENGL6929 - Dissertation Part 1
- ENGL6930 - Dissertation Part 2
- ENGL6933 - Twentieth Century Confessional Writing
- ENGL6935 - Research Essay
- ENGL6936 - Writers at Work: Fiction
- ENGL6937 - Major Movements in Contemporary Prose
- ENGL6940 - English Exchange 1
- ENGL6941 - English Exchange 2
- ENGL6942 - English Exchange 3
- ENGL6943 - English Exchange 4
- ENGL6944 - Writers at Work: Poetry
- ENGL6945 - Major Movements in Contemporary Poetry
- ENGL6946 - Communication in Professional Contexts A
- ENGL6948 - American Author,American Auteur
- ENGL6962 - Communication in Professional Contexts B
- ENGL6967 - Literary Theory and Critical Practice
- ENGL6970 - Magazines and Australian Print Culture
- ENGL6985 - Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
- ENGL6991 - Classic Australian Works
- EUST6902 - Supervised Reading Course 1
- EUST6903 - Supervised Reading Course 2
- EUST6904 - Dissertation Part A
- EUST6905 - Dissertation Part B
- EUST7010 - European Language Acquisition 1
- EUST7011 - European Language Acquisition 2
- GCST5902 - Natures and Cultures of Bodies
- GCST5905 - Identity Place and Culture
- GCST6903 - Debates in Cultural Studies
- GCST6905 - Philosophy in the Feminine
- GOVT6135 - Global Environmental Politics
- GRKA7001 - Classical Greek for Postgraduates I
- GRKA7002 - Classical Greek for Postgraduates II
- HBRW6901 - Classical Hebrew for Postgraduates I
- HBRW6902 - Classical Hebrew for Postgraduates II
- HRTD6906 - The Philosophy of Human Rights
- HSTY6915 - MA Dissertation Part 1
- HSTY6916 - MA Dissertation Part 2
- HSTY6945 - Australian Cultural History: Problems
- HSTY6987 - Writing the Past
- HSTY7001 - The History of Human Rights
- JCTC6908 - The Australian Jewish Experience
- JCTC6912 - Holocaust Research: Trends and Problems
- JCTC6913 - German Jewish Experience
- JCTC6914 - Supervised Reading: Hebrew/Judaic Stud 1
- JCTC6918 - Dissertation - Part 1
- JCTC6919 - Dissertation - Part 2
- LATN7201 - Latin for Postgraduates I
- LATN7202 - Latin for Postgraduates II
- LNGS7001 - Structure of English
- LNGS7002 - Language,Society and Power
- LNGS7004 - Register and Genre in English
- LNGS7006 - Cross-Cultural Communication
- LNGS7102 - Educational Linguistics
- LNGS7272 - Additional Lang Learning:TESOL/SLT/LOTE
- LNGS7274 - Media Discourse
- LNGS7276 - Discourses of Globalisation
- LNGS7521 - Essay 1
- LNGS7528 - Dissertation Part 1
- LNGS7529 - Dissertation Part 2
- MECO6916 - Editing and Manuscript Preparation
- MECO6917 - Book Production and Publishing Business
- MUSM7004 - Internship/Placement 1 (Part 1)
- MUSM7005 - Internship/Placement 2 (Part 2)
- MUSM7007 - Museum Studies Dissertation (Part 1)
- MUSM7008 - Museum Studies Dissertation (Part 2)
- MUSM7028 - Artefact Studies
- MUSM7029 - Communication and Education
- MUSM7030 - Exhibition Development
- MUSM7031 - Information and Collection Management
- MUSM7032 - Museum and Gallery Administration
- MUSM7033 - The Museum Context
- MUSM7035 - Ethics of Cultural Property
- PACS6901 - United Nations,Peace and Security
- PACS6904 - Dissertation Part 1
- PACS6905 - Dissertation Part 2
- PACS6907 - Gender and the Development of Peace
- PACS6911 - Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
- PACS6913 - Conflict in Organisations
- PACS6914 - Conflict-Resolving Media
- PACS6915 - Human Rights,Peace and Justice
- PACS6917 - Religion,War and Peace
- PACS6921 - Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace
- PACS6926 - Peace and Conflict in South-East Asia
- PACS6927 - Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
- PHIL7810 - Supervised Reading Course 1
- PHIL7811 - Supervised Reading Course 2
- PHIL7826 - Dissertation Part 1
- PHIL7827 - Dissertation Part 2
- PRFM5900 - Contemporary Performance
- PRFM5901 - Critical Theory and Performance
- PRFM5902 - Rehearsal Studies
- PRFM5903 - Rehearsal to Performance
- RLST6921 - Dissertation Part 1
- RLST6922 - Dissertation Part 2
- RLST6946 - Academic Research Project
- SANS5901 - Sanskrit for Postgraduates 1
- SANS5902 - Sanskrit for Postgraduates 2
- SANS5903 - Sanskrit for Postgraduates 3
- SANS5904 - Sanskrit for Postgraduates 4
- SCLG6901 - Citizenship Rights and Social Movements
- SCLG6902 - Doing Social Research
- SCLG6903 - New Debates in Social Theory
- SCLG6905 - Independent Study and Report
- SCLG6906 - Dissertation Part 1
- SCLG6907 - Dissertation Part 2
- SCLG6910 - Social Policy International Perspectives
- SCLG6918 - Introductory Quantitative Methods
- SCWK6902 - Social Research
- SCWK6910 - Working with Communities
- USSC6901 - Fundamentals of US Studies
- USSC6902 - US Politics: Presidency and Congress
- USSC6903 - US Foreign and National Security Policy
- USSC6905 - US Economic Policy and Regulation
- USSC6906 - US Constitution
- USSC6907 - American Exceptionalism
- USSC6909 - The Anti-American Tradition
- USSC6914 - Key Issues in American Culture
- USSC6917 - The American City
- USSC6919 - American Film and Hollywood
- USSC6920 - US Media: Politics,Culture,Technology
- WMST6903 - Gender,Media and Consumer Societies
- WMST6922 - Dissertation Part 1
- WMST6923 - Dissertation Part 2
Further course information
The MA requires the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points) (cp). Normally a minimum 4 units of study (24cp) in the subject area are required, but this may vary in some subject areas (see the details under Specialisations). The remaining units of study may be undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator. Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Arts have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.
Course outcomes and further study
Sydney Master of Arts graduates hold an advanced learning qualification in their chosen specialisation that may qualify them for further study or research opportunities in the subject area, or enhance career opportunities with employers who value the outstanding analytical, communications, interpersonal and problem-solving skills of humanities and social sciences postgraduates.
Graduates of the Master of Arts who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.
Other study options
Individual units of study within the program may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to commit to the study of an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University; on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the Dean and individual course Resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course. You may, for instance, complete one or two units of study from the postgraduate Arts program one year and decide that you would like to undertake the Master of Arts the next; your study load in the Master degree is therefore reduced. Units of study may also be undertaken by cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the Dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval fro their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the Faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Arts requires:
(a) completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Arts, with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65%) average, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2013, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2012 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.