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The Master of Arts by Research degree program involves the completion of a thesis proposal and a research thesis. The degree is completed in either three or four sessions (full-time). It is designed for students wishing to engage in serious research but not able to devote the three years required to complete a PhD or with a research project which does not lend itself to that level of extended treatment. Clear indication of potential to undertake research is required, either through a relevant Honours degree or through a period of professional work following a relevant undergraduate degree.

The degree is completed in either three or four sessions (full-time). Study concentrates on the completion of a 30,000 word thesis.

See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.



Study Level


Typical duration

2 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Research)


Master of Arts - MA



Program Structure

Students must complete 96 UOC as a standalone program.

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Additional Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

For further information on how to apply, see the Faculty website

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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