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.

Career Opportunities

A Master of Arts allows you to refine your professional skills, in a relatively unrestricted program of study. Examples of careers that can be assisted through an MA include management, public relations, foreign affairs, education, business, human resources, and research.

Employers often look for flexibility in their staff, expecting to retrain staff as work demands change. To meet this need, they tend to seek out people who are intellectually flexible, with analytical minds, and good communication skills. Students in an MA are trained to think for themselves, acquire and process information, communicate their thoughts effectively, and exercise initiative. These are skills that employers want.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

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

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2013 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation MA
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 031796B
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 48
Benefits

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts upon completion of 24 credit points. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Arts.

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

A candidate shall:

(a) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Ancient History; Asian Studies; Geography; Heritage Studies; Indigenous Studies; Islamic Studies; Linguistics; Media and Communications; Peace Studies; Philosophy; Political and International Studies; Regional Change Management; Studies in Religion; Writing; or

(b) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university including a major in the relevant language, or approval of the Head of School of Arts, where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Chinese; French; German; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; or

(c) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university including relevant discipline studies as follows where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Archaeology (24 credit points in ARPA units or equivalent); English (an undergraduate major in English or approval of the Head of School); Gender Studies (30 credit points in undergraduate Gender Studies with units with a Distinction Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent); History (an undergraduate major in History or equivalent).

Advanced Standing

Candidates may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points, with no more than 12 credit points of research and/or reading units, 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.

Academic Colours

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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 2013.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Ancient History; Asian Studies; Geography; Heritage Studies; Indigenous Studies; Islamic Studies; Linguistics; Media and Communications; Peace Studies; Philosophy; Political and International Studies; Regional Change Management; Studies in Religion; Writing; or
(b) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university including a major in the relevant language, or approval of the Head of School of Arts, where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Chinese; French; German; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; or
(c) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university including relevant discipline studies as follows where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Archaeology (24 credit points in ARPA units or equivalent); English (an undergraduate major in English or approval of the Head of School); Gender Studies (30 credit points in undergraduate Gender Studies with units with a Distinction Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent); History (an undergraduate major in History or equivalent).

Advanced Standing

Candidates may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points, with not more than 12 credit points of research and/or reading units, 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.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points at 400 level or above or other units in respect to 3.

2. To qualify for a Master of Arts with no endorsement (an area of study is not included on the testamur), candidates must include units to the value of at least 24 credit points from units listed within one area of study (major). With the approval of the relevant Head of School, WORK500 may substitute for one of the units in a Major.

To qualify for a Master of Arts with a major endorsed on their testamur, candidates must include units to the value of at least 30 credit points from units listed within one area of study.

3. 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 not more than 18 credit points.

4. A candidate may change their nominated Major at any time, providing they meet the admission requirements as set out in Admission to Candidature Rule 1 and can achieve Course Requirements 2. and 5.

5. A candidate may include dissertation units where listed within the Major, to the value of not more than 24 credit points. When enrolling in any 12 credit point dissertation unit a candidate must have achieved a Distinction GPA either in 24 credit points at 300-level within the same area of study as the intended research or 12 credit points at 400/500 level within the same area of study as the intended research, or permission of the relevant head of school.

6. A candidate may include reading course units, listed within the Major. When enrolling in any reading course unit a candidate must have achieved a Credit GPA either in 24 credit points at 300-level within the same area of study as the intended reading course or 12 credit points at 400/500 level within the same area of study as the intended reading course, or permission of the relevant head of school.

7. Dissertation and reading course units may only be undertaken within the same area of study as the nominated Major.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
One Major/Area of Study 24-30 cps
Elective Units 18-24 cps
Total 48 cps

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Majors/Areas of Study

Major/Area of Study

German Media and Communications
Ancient History Heritage Studies Peace Studies
Archaeology History Philosophy
Asian Studies Indigenous Studies Political and International Studies
Chinese Indonesian Regional Change Management
English Islamic Studies Studies in Religion
French Italian Writing
Gender Studies Japanese  
Geography Linguistics  

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements and who have successfully completed at least 30 credit points in one major of the Master of Arts will have that Major appear on their testamur.

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts on completion of 24 credit points. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Arts.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims The course aims are currently unavailable.
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. appreciate and apply in depth knowledge of specific subject areas, including inter-disciplinary approaches;
  2. demonstrate and apply higher level research and communication skills;
  3. utilise enhanced critical thinking and analytical skills in a variety of academic, professional and community settings; and
  4. identify and seek work in a variety of community and professional settings.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Detailed and higher level knowledge of selected subject areas and disciplines will be taught through unit materials, online discussions, guided readings, and directed learning and research activities. This knowledge will be practised and assessed through a variety of discipline relevant assignment tasks.

Communication Skills

Communication skills will be taught through guided learning activities, oral and written feedback on assignments, and online discussions. They will be practised through participation in online discussions and through written or other forms of assignments relevant to the area of study with particular acknowledgement of the diversity of communication styles and forms employed by different disciplines and by individuals from different cultural backgrounds. They will be assessed through assignment work and against criteria relevant to the specific form of communication and to the subject area being studied.

Global Perspectives

An awareness of the global context of specific disciplines and the professional environments to which they contribute is an essential component of teaching at postgraduate level and will be reflected in discipline specific ways in the selected study areas. An emphasis will be placed on alerting students to issues and practices relevant to ensuring that they can enhance their ability to function sensitively and effectively in multicultural or global contexts.

Information Literacy

Students will be taught and will be required to develop and practice a range of higher level research skills relevant to their selected subject areas and disciplines, including inter-disciplinary approaches. These will include awareness of the level and nature of information required and where and how it can be acquired; relevant methods for analysing and evaluating information; and the use of information to demonstrate their understanding of topics and issues and to do so in different forms and media, depending on subject and discipline requirements.

Life-Long Learning

Through their participation throughout the course and the assessment tasks required of them, students will be provided with the lifelong skills to continue to research, evaluate, discuss and present information and issues in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. The skills they will acquire, both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary, will be useful in a range of professional and community settings.

Problem Solving

Students will become familiar with key problem-solving strategies relevant to their selected subject areas. They will then be taught how to apply their information literacy skills to develop their own responses to particular problems in different environments and contexts.

Social Responsibility

Students will be taught about their professional and ethical responsibilities to provide balanced and accurate research; their social responsibility to recognise and address social justice issues; and their need for awareness and action in relation to issues such as the impact of social change, sustainable development, Indigenous rights and occupational risk. These will be taught, practised and assessed in accordance with the requirements and understandings relevant to their different disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and professional areas of study and interest.

Team Work

Through online discussions and teaching and learning activities, students will be required to work collaboratively and network effectively in the sharing of resources and ideas, and in order to solve problems. To do so, they will be required to understand and practise an appreciation of different approaches and styles, to be supportive of each other, and to assert their own values and opinions while respecting the values and contributions of others. These skills and awareness will be reinforced through discipline-specific tasks, discussions and activities relating to strategies for effective collaborative work as students, as community members and in professional contexts.

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