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. Whilst completing their major, 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, but are not limited to: historical archivists, museum curators, criminal justice work, industrial relations, local history, management, policy development and implementation, public relations, public service, foreign affairs, education, business and administration, migrant and multicultural affairs, overseas aid and development agencies, political and social advocacy, journalism, 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


1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time


CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee


Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MA
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 031796B
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive 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 an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours or AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in a relevant discipline.

Relevant Disciplines - include but are not limited to the following:

Please note - not all Majors are available to all candidates. Majors highlighted with an ** are only available to candidates admitted under admission rule (c).

Ancient History: Archaeology; Classical Languages; History; Philosophy; Religious Studies.

Applied Sociology: Criminology; Geography; History; Linguistics; Peace Studies; Politics.

Archaeology**: Ancient History; Classical Languages; History.

Asian Studies: Asian languages; Chinese; Political Science.

Chinese Studies: Chinese language and cultural studies.

Classical World: Ancient History; Classical Languages; History.

English: Communication and Media Studies; Drama and Theatre Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society.

Environmental Advocacy: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Studies; Development Studies; Policy Studies; Political Science; Sociology; Studies in Human Societies.

French Studies: French language and culture studies.

Geography: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Studies in Human Societies.

History: Ancient History; Archaeology; Heritage Studies; History; Indigenous Studies; Languages; Philosophy; Religious Studies.

Indigenous Studies**: Archaeology; Curriculum and Education Studies; History; Policy Studies; Political Science.

Indonesian Studies: Indonesian language and cultural studies.

Italian Studies: Italian language and cultural studies.

Linguistics: English; Languages; or Education with a major in English literacy, LOTE or ESL.

Media and Communications: Communication and Media Studies; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and Policy Studies; Studies in Human Society.

Peace Studies: Criminology; Law; Policy Studies; Political Science; Social Work.

Philosophy: Religious Studies.

Political and International Studies: Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society.

Regional Change Management**: Geography; Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society.

Studies in Religion: Ancient History; History; Philosophy.

Theatre and Performance: English; Media and Communications; Performance; Theatre Studies; Writing.

Writing: Communication and Media Studies; History; Literature; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Policy Studies.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Advanced Standing, providing units passed have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available toward the degree and were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing. Up to a further 36 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

No advanced standing will be granted for research and/or reading units.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Master of Arts, 2018, will be available in November. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

This course offers those people who have already completed an undergraduate degree the opportunity to continue university study, either to further career or professional aspirations or to pursue a specific area of interest. The course can also provide an avenue into a research degree such as a research Masters or PhD. Students can complete either a specific (ie, badged Major) or non-specific (non-major) degree. The course also provides the opportunity to complete reading and dissertation (research) units. The major subject areas are provided from three Schools within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences: the School of Arts, the School of Humanities and the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. appreciate and apply expert knowledge of specific subject areas, including recent development, research principles and inter-disciplinary approaches and practice;
  2. demonstrate and apply mastery of higher level research and communication skills including theoretical, technical and analytical concepts to their research; and
  3. utilise enhanced critical thinking and analytical skills with creativity and initiative in a variety of academic settings, including a research project and capstone experience, with high level personal output.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have detailed and higher level knowledge of selected subject areas and disciplines that will be taught through unit materials, online discussions, guided readings, directed learning and research activities. This will include an appreciation of the processes through which knowledge has evolved. This knowledge is practised and assessed through a variety of discipline relevant assignment tasks.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have advanced skills to communicate and substantiate the results of research and analysis in a variety of written and multi-media formats. These skills are 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 are assessed through assignment work and against criteria relevant to the specific form of communication and to the subject area being studied.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have a deep knowledge of key problem-solving strategies relevant to their selected subject areas. They will be able to apply their information literacy skills to develop their own responses to particular problems in different environments and contexts.

Information Literacy

Graduates will develop and practice a range of higher level research skills relevant to their selected subject areas and disciplines, including inter-disciplinary approaches. These 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.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will have advanced understanding of 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 are 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.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will develop 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.

Independence and Collaboration

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

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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