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C03018v3 Master of Arts (Research) in Humanities and Social Sciences

Award(s): Master of Arts (Research) in Humanities and Social Sciences (MA(Res))
CRICOS code: 014624G
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.


Overview
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

The Master of Arts (Research) in Humanities and Social Sciences provides an opportunity for graduates to develop their research skills, deepen their knowledge in an area of the social sciences or humanities and undertake some original research. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

Career options

The research degrees offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are especially valuable for those wishing to pursue an academic career, a career in research or an advanced level of professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Students are required to enrol in person and meet Phase 1 and 2 assessment requirements.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.

Course structure

This research degree is undertaken wholly or mainly by thesis. A master's thesis is normally a work of 30,000–40,000 words.

While the usual master's thesis is written in dissertation style, candidates may, if they wish, illustrate their argument by submitting creative work together with a written dissertation. The non-traditional material is considered a minor component of the thesis and is equivalent to a maximum of 15,000 words. Applicants should contact the research degrees administrator for further information about non-traditional formats for thesis presentation.

The Master of Arts (Research) in Humanities and Social Sciences is structured in three phases. Phase 1 involves the development of a number of advanced research skills and capabilities. At the beginning of the program, students negotiate a master's study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires. A formal master's assessment is undertaken at the end of Phase 1 in which the candidates present a full proposal for assessment, which is a prerequisite for entering Phase 2.

In Phase 2, students develop their individual program of research, and their readiness to enter Phase 3 is assessed at the end of Phase 2.

In Phase 3, candidates engage in the preparation and submission of a major thesis, which makes a sustained contribution to knowledge in their field of inquiry.

Research and development activities are provided throughout the three phases to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate.

Course completion requirements

51984 Master of Arts Thesis 

Other information

Further information is available from the research degrees administrator on:

telephone +61 2 9514 4512
email
FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au