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C03034v3 Master of Arts (Research) in International Studies

Award(s): Master of Arts (Research) in International Studies (MA(Res))
CRICOS code: 043338G
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship 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
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

This degree provides an opportunity for graduates to develop their research skills, to deepen their knowledge in some area of international study and to undertake some original, independent research.

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 or a career in research or an advanced level of practice.

Course intended learning outcomes

.1 As informed, engaged and ethical international citizens graduates demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices.
.1 Graduates are able to creatively and independently design and conduct a substantial, specialised, engaged and ethical body of research in and about other cultural contexts and societies.
.1 Graduates are able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region.
.1 Graduates have the capacity to operate in complex intercultural professional contexts, with a high level of independence and personal accountability, demonstrating an advanced ability to negotiate cultural and linguistic diversity.
.1 Graduates possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and will be able to communicate effectively in at least one other language.
.1 Graduates have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to integrate the knowledge of Indigenous Australians to professional situations as and when appropriate.
.2 Graduates constructively critique the values that shape their own communication practices and those of different cultures.
.2 Graduates demonstrate the application of international knowledge as highly adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners.
.2 Graduates have an advanced and practical understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations of their host country.
.2 Graduates possess advanced-level critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills into international and intercultural change.

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.

Applications

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

This degree is undertaken wholly by thesis. A master's thesis is normally a work of around 40,000 words. Candidates are encouraged to attend research activities offered by the Faculty where possible, to develop their knowledge and skills in research.

The Master of Arts in International Studies (Research) 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

979110 Thesis (International Studies) 

Other information

Further information is available from the research degrees administrator:

Margaret McGrath
telephone + 61 2 9514 4547