COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

The Master of Arts (Research) offers students the opportunity to undertake supervised research in the related discipline of their choice. Their chosen discipline may include, for example, cultural studies, human society, media and communications, philosophy, politics, psychology or statistics.

Candidates develop a range of skills, including independent thinking, project management, data analysis and critical thinking, as well as refined communication skills.

The program fosters the development of independent research skills, making it ideal preparation for those looking to undertake further research through a PhD program and/or pursue a career in research.

Course description

As a Master of Arts (Research) candidate, you will undertake supervised research with the aim of completing a major thesis that demonstrates mastery of inquiry in a field of a discipline or profession.

This program is suited to applicants who:

are interested in a career in research

have a genuine passion for research of a particular field

have a naturally inquiring mind and a desire to know more

are interested in undertaking a PhD program in the future

wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification

want to enhance their research education and/or employment opportunities.

Aims and objectives

As a student in this program you will develop knowledge of research methodology and techniques appropriate to your field of study, and experience in the application of such methodology by conducting a specified program of research under appropriate supervision. In addition, you will develop skills in analysing literature and engaging in debate in the substantive area of the thesis topic at an advanced level.

This course is focus on Demography.

Our research

The research of the Centre for Urban Transitions addresses some of Australia's most significant social, economic and environmental problems. It does so by identifying the changes that need to be made within urban areas and focusing on how to make those transitions. This work is approached through local, national and global lenses, and we have strong national and international links with researchers and policymakers from around the world.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Arts and Design



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,800.00 (US$ 23,744) per year

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

Start date

January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, April 2021, May 2021, June 2021, July 2021, August 2021, September 2021


Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn Campus,

John Street,



3122, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants who have completed a three year degree in any area of study are eligible to apply if: completed their undergraduate degree in the last ten years and obtained a minimum 65% GPA in their last year of study AND completed at least one unit in anatomy and physiology (such as BIO10004 Anatomy and Physiology) or an equivalent anatomy and physiology bridging course; have completed a postgraduate degree in the last ten years and obtained a minimum 65% GPA in their last year of study AND completed at least one unit in anatomy and physiology in their undergraduate degree (such as BIO10004 Anatomy and Physiology) or an equivalent anatomy and physiology bridging course.

For international students

Students must have completed a three-year degree with a minimum average of 65% in the final year units of study. Other relevant experience will also be taken into account in assessing your application.

English language requirements

International applicants must provide evidence of one of the following:

minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 (with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20); or Pearson (PTE) 58 (no communicative skills less than 50) no longer than 24 months before submitting your application

satisfactory completion of Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%

successful completion of a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.

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


About this uni

Swinburne is one of the world’s top young universities, offering industry-aligned courses taught by teachers who are experts in their fields.

  • 45th in the Top 50 Under 50 universities in the world
  • Ranked top 300 in the world by Times Higher Education
  • No.1 for graduate starting salaries in Victoria, Australia
  • 5-stars for overall experience, skills development & support