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Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of Arts (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The Master of Arts is made up of postgraduate courses that extend and deepen students' existing skills, knowledge and understanding in professionally relevant fields of study, as well as teaching advanced skills in research and analytical thinking. It is equally suitable for people wishing to switch to an academic or professional field different from the one they studied at undergraduate level. The MA can serve as a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA(Honours) with a research component in the relevant area of study.
  • Interpreting & Translation Studies (School of Humanities and Languages)
  • International Relations (School of Social Sciences)
  • Linguistics (School of Humanities and Languages)

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Students studying the Masters of Arts degree will extend their existing knowledge or update their skills in a selected area.

Program Structure

Eight courses (48 units of credit) within a selected program need to be completed to satisfy the requirements for the award of the degree.

You must enrol in at least one course in each semeter. Progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester, and students who have completed less than 6 units of credit or failed a course may be required to "show cause" why they should be permitted to continue.

Academic Rules

1. The degree of Master of Arts may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a program of advanced study.

2. Candidates may proceed to the degree through part-time or full-time study.

3. (1) A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Standing Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the Committee).

(2) In exceptional cases, an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be admitted to candidature for the degree.

(3) If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as it may prescribe before permitting enrolment.

Please refer to the requirements specific to the individual stream chosen.

Enrolment and Progression
4. (1) An application to enrol as a candidate for the degree shall be lodged with the Registrar at least two calendar months before the commencement of the semester in which enrolment is to begin.

(2) To qualify for the award of the degree, candidates must obtain over a period of study of not less than two semesters (full-time) or three semesters (part-time), eight courses in one of the majors offered within the Master of Arts program. The maximum period of candidature shall be four academic semesters from the date of enrolment for a full-time candidate and eight semesters for a part-time candidate. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Committee.

(3) A student enrolling in a course must satisfy the prerequisite or corequisite requirements of that course. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Head of the School/Unit concerned.

(4) The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed annually by the Committee, and as a result of the review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.

Advanced Standing
5. Students seeking advanced standing must submit documentary evidence of courses completed at the time of initial enrolment. Faculty will then determine the number of units of credit to be granted. Advanced standing will not be granted for courses completed more than six years previously. The maximum advanced standing for a Masters is 18 uoc (equivalent to three courses), a Graduate Diploma is 12 uoc (equivalent to two courses) and a Graduate Certificate is 6 uoc (equivalent to one course).

6. The MA forms part of an approved sequence of articulated programs comprising the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters degree in the same area of specialisation, A postgraduate student enrolled in an articulated program may progress from Graduate Certificate to Graduate Diploma to Masters level with full credit for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.

7. Candidates shall pay such fees as may be determined from time to time by Council.


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Area(s) of Specialisation