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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts (Research Training) is a graduate research degree which can be undertaken following completion of a regular three-year undergraduate degree. It is also an appropriate entry point into graduate research for prospective candidates with extensive industry experience or non-traditional research outputs who may not meet the traditional PhD admission requirements. This course will provide students with the opportunity for more specialised, in-depth research training in a discipline or on an interdisciplinary topic. It will also provide opportunities to translate your research for a particular professional context.

You will complete a combination of coursework and research in your chosen humanities and social sciences discipline. This course will allow you to undertake substantial independent research on your chosen topic while supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors. Our Faculty of over 500 academics is committed to train internationally recognised scholars that are passionate about producing cutting edge research and keen to contribute to their fullest capacity to the betterment of society at large. A key strength of our research programs lies in their diversity. This is reflected in our academics who are some of the world’s most inspiring and distinguished researchers.

A Master of Arts (Research Training) requires you to i) complete 2 coursework units, totalling 24 credit points (including one 12-point mandatory core unit) in semester one of enrolment and ii) produce a research thesis of 20,000-25,000 words (or alternative approved outputs). We offer supervision across seven graduate research programs:

Film, Media, Communications & Journalism
Historical Studies, including Archaeology, Ancient History, History, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies and Indigenous Studies
Linguistics & Applied Linguistics
Literary & Cultural Studies, including Jewish Cultural Practices, Creative Writing, Languages and World Literature, Translation and Interpreting Studies
Philosophy, including Bioethics
Social & Political Sciences, including Anthropology, Criminology, Human Geography, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Gender Studies
Theatre, Performance & Music

Non-traditional research outputs can also be pursued in specialisations in creative writing, music and theatre performance.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,400.00 (19,61,207) per year
Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023


Caulfield campus

900 Dandenong Road,



3145, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,400.00 (19,61,207) per year
Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023


Monash University

Clayton Campus,

Wellington Road,



3800, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7 point scale and a LSAT score of 150+ (taken within 5 years prior to applying for admission)

For international students

To meet the admissions requirements for the Master of Arts Research Training, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

3-year Bachelor's degree completed in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, in a relevant discipline, including a 6 point research literacy unit ATS3222 Developing Research Literacy and a 6 point research capstone unit in the final year. Note: in order to undertake this 6 point Developing Research Literacy unit, students must do a pre- or co-requisite with a research capstone unit. Students must achieve a minimum 75% average in their majors, and 75% for the two research and discipline capstone units, or
A Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper or its international equivalent, or
A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or at least two years of documented professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (2), or
Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (2)

IELTS 7.0 overall (no band less than 6.5)

TOEFL (paper-based) : 587+ TWE 4.5

TOEFL 94 + Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 20 & Writing 24

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 65 + communicative score 58

Cambridge English: 185 + Writing 185 and no skill below 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.