Master of Arts

Why study the Master of Arts at UNE?

The Master of Arts is designed to enable graduates to pursue further studies in an area of personal interest, for professional development, or as a pathway to higher degree research, by studying a number of graduate level units. Students are able to tailor a program of study to suit their interests by enrolling in units within the one subject area, or selecting units from a range of subject areas, as listed for this course.

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1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time


Commonwealth Supported Place


Semester 1, Off Campus
Semester 1, On Campus
Semester 2, Off Campus
Semester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation MA
Course Type Postgraduate
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Semester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Semester 1 On Campus
Armidale Semester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Semester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 48
Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

Normal admission requirements apply.

Advanced Standing

Candidates may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 24 credit points on the basis of units passed elsewhere provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available towards the degree. Applications for advanced standing may be considered on the basis of professional experience under the General Rules of the Faculty.

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Arts in 2009.

1. Admission to Candidature
1.1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the course coordinator.
1.2. An applicant for admission to candidature shall have fulfilled all requirements for a degree of Bachelor of the University or shall have fulfilled the requirements for a degree or qualification of equivalent standing at another University or institution recognised by the course coordinator for this purpose.

2. Course Requirements
2.1. To qualify for the award of Master of Arts a candidate shall pass units to the value of 48 credit points at 400 level or above approved by the course coordinator.
2.2. Candidates must include units to the value of at least 24 credit points from units listed within a major. With the approval of the relevant head of school, WORK 500 may substitute for one of the units in a major.
2.3. Candidates may include units to the value of not more than 24 credit points selected from individual dissertation units within their program.
2.4. There is no limit on the number of reading course units a candidate may undertake, providing reading course unit pre-requisites are complied with.

3. Units Offered
3.1. (a) Candidates shall pursue a course of study approved by the course coordinator including a minimum of 24 credit points selected from one of the following majors. If a major has Prescribed Units these must all be completed; each Listed Unit is optional

Ancient History German Public Policy
Archaeology Heritage Studies Regional Change Management
Asian Studies History Sociology
Chinese Indigenous Studies Studies in Religion
Communication Studies Islamic Studies Women’s and Gender Studies
Criminology and Social Justice Italian Writing
Defence Studies Linguistics  
English Peace Studies  
French Philosophy  
Geography Political and International Studies  

(b) Additional units can also be selected from a set of Master of Arts Non-Major units. These do not contribute to the requirement of a 24 credit point major.

3.2. With the approval of the course coordinator candidates may include any other 400-level or above units from other areas of the university, to the value of no more than 18 credit points.

4. Period of Candidature
4.1. (a) The expected period of candidature for full-time candidates to complete requirements is two semesters.
(b) Part-time candidates shall complete requirements in not more than eight semesters.
4.2. Where a candidate has been granted advanced standing, towards the degree, the course coordinator may reduce proportionately the period of candidature.

5. Advanced Standing
Maximum of 24 credit points, providing units passed have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available toward the degree and were not part of the degree on which admission to the Master of Arts was based.

6. Exit Pathways
Students can exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts upon successful completion of 24 credit points.

7. Award of Master of Arts
Graduating students in the Master of Arts who have successfully completed at least 30 credit points in one major as defined in Rule 3.1. of the Master of Arts may request that the major appear on their testamur.


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