What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of UNSW Sydney offers the opportunity to gain valuable interdisciplinary research training that meets the needs of twenty-first-century researchers and leaders of society. It consists of three compulsory courses and a 25,000 word research thesis supervised by our academic experts. You will complete 1 common compulsory course, 1 specialisation-specific course and 1 discipline-specific course, each focusing on research training from broad, foundational work through trans-disciplinary study to specialisation. The different MPhil specialisations provide grounding in fields that are unlike traditional “majors”. Instead they are closely aligned with the Faculty’s diverse research strengths, the expertise of its staff, and the employment market. The program is especially suited to individuals with an undergraduate degree who wish to return from the workforce to develop research skills and explore contemporary problems from cross-disciplinary points of view. Successful completion of the degree may qualify for admission to doctoral level research.

Learning Outcomes
1.Demonstrate knowledge of recent developments in ethical practices in Humanities and Social Sciences research

2.Apply specific frameworks, methods and techniques from the humanities and social sciences to the design of interdisciplinary research projects

3.Apply writing and communications skills to the analysis and critique of interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences practices and associated discourses

4.Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in generating and evaluating complex ideas and concepts pertaining to humanities and social sciences.

5.Apply advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,080.00 (18,24,411) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 February 2022


UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry requires a 4 year (Honours) degree in Mining Engineering or a cognate discipline from a recognised institution, or satisfying the requirements of the UNSW Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering (MINE5040FS and from 2015: MINE5335) with a minimum 70% average and no course fails.

For international students

Admission to the Master of Philosophy program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences requires a bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline with credit average result (WAM 70). Applicants also have to submit a research proposal and find an available and suitable supervisor.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

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


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