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University of New England (UNE)

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Master of Arts

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Arts is designed to enable graduates to pursue further studies in an area of personal interest, for professional development, or as a pathway to higher degree research, by studying a number of graduate level units.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 - 2 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Course Code
MA, 031796B
Study Mode
In person, Online

About this course

The Master of Arts is designed to enable graduates to pursue further studies in an area of personal interest, for professional development, or as a pathway to higher degree research, by studying a number of graduate level units. Whilst completing their major, students are able to tailor a program of study to suit their interests by enrolling in units within the one subject area, or selecting units from a range of subject areas, as listed for this course.

Entry requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours or AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in a relevant discipline.

Relevant disciplines - include the following:

Please note - not all Majors are available to all candidates. Majors highlighted with an ** are only available to candidates admitted under admission rule (c).

Ancient History: Archaeology; Classical Languages; History; Philosophy; Religious Studies.

Ancient Near East: Archaeology; History; Studies in Religion.

Archaeology: Ancient History; Classical Languages; History; Indigenous Studies.

Asian Studies: Asian Languages; Chinese; Political Science.

Chinese Studies: Chinese Language and Cultural Studies.

Classical World: Ancient History; Classical Languages; History.

English: Communication and Media Studies; Drama and Theatre Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society.

Environmental Advocacy: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Studies; Development Studies; Policy Studies; Political Science; Sociology; Studies in Human Societies.

French Studies: French Language and Culture Studies.

Geography: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Studies in Human Societies.

German Studies: German Language and Cultural Studies.

History: Ancient History; Archaeology; Heritage Studies; History; Indigenous Studies; Languages; Philosophy; Religious Studies.

Indigenous Studies**: Archaeology; Curriculum and Education Studies; History; Policy Studies; Political Science.

Indonesian Studies: Indonesian Language and Cultural Studies.

Italian Studies: Italian Language and Cultural Studies.

Linguistics: English; Languages; or Education with a major in English literacy, LOTE or ESL.

Media and Communications: Communication and Media Studies; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and Policy Studies; Studies in Human Society.

Music: Musicology; Music Performance; Music Composition; Music Technology and Production.

Peace Studies: Criminology; Law; Policy Studies; Political Science; Social Work.

Philosophy: Religious Studies.

Political and International Studies: International Relations; Policy Studies; Political Science; Security Studies; Studies in Human Society.

Regional Change Management**: Geography; Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society.

Sociology: Criminology; Geography; History; Linguistics; Peace Studies; Politics.

Studies in Religion: Ancient History; History; Philosophy.

Theatre and Performance: English; Media and Communications; Performance; Theatre Studies; Writing.

Writing: Communication and Media Studies; History; Literature; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Policy Studies.

Study locations



What you will learn

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. appreciate and apply expert knowledge of specific subject areas, including recent development, research principles and inter-disciplinary approaches and practice;
  2. demonstrate and apply mastery of higher level research and communication skills including theoretical, technical and analytical concepts to their research; and
  3. utilise enhanced critical thinking and analytical skills with creativity and initiative in a variety of academic settings, including a research project and capstone experience, with high level personal output.

Career pathways

A Master of Arts allows you to refine your professional skills, in a relatively unrestricted program of study. Examples of careers that can be assisted through an MA include, but are not limited to: historical archivists, museum curators, criminal justice work, industrial relations, local history, management, policy development and implementation, public relations, public service, foreign affairs, education, business and administration, migrant and multicultural affairs, overseas aid and development agencies, political and social advocacy, journalism, human resources and research.

Employers often look for flexibility in their staff, expecting to retrain staff as work demands change. To meet this need, they tend to seek out people who are intellectually flexible, with analytical minds and good communication skills. Students in an MA are trained to think for themselves, acquire and process information, communicate their thoughts effectively and exercise initiative. These are skills that employers want.

How to apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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