Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis)
- CRICOS Code: 080605G
How to apply
Domestic application deadlines
Please note: No mid-year intakes are offered.
The closing date for applications is 31 October. Application outcomes will be available approximately eight weeks after the application closing date.
For more detailed information please go to the Faculty of Arts Application deadlines web page.
1. Ensure you meet selection criteria
Please read through the Application checklist before proceeding with your application and refer to the Entry requirements (tab above) to see if you are eligible to apply.
All applications must also satisfy the University's Graduate English language requirements.
In addition to the Graduate Research Domestic students University entry requirements, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) requires applicants to submit a 2,500 word thesis proposal and 5,000 word writing sample.
2. Research proposal of 2,500 words
A research proposal is not a statement of your beliefs or of what you want to prove, it's a topic or question that you wish to examine objectively. It must focus on a particular issue or question The research proposal is the starting point for your thesis and is often considered as even more important in your application than your previous academic marks.
Your research proposal should include a brief introduction and conclusion, with the following outline:
- The specific area of your intended research, with a clear title
- A brief summary of the key literature in this field
- A sketch of the key research questions you hope to answer
- A description of the methodology required to conduct this research
This information will assist the School selection committee to make a qualitative assessment amongst the many applications received for available places. It will also enable the School selection committee to ensure that appropriate expert supervision is available, as well as the resources necessary to facilitate your proposed research.
3. Writing sample of 5,000 words
In addition, you are required to provide a 5,000 word sample of your recent work. This could be an extract from your Honours thesis, or a recent essay or paper that demonstrates your research and writing abilities.
It's also important to provide a brief explanation of the context, ie whether this is a chapter from your thesis, or a 4th year essay, or a paper writing in a particular context.
Ensure both documents are labelled with your name, the School to which you are applying and the date.
4. Identify if appropriate supervision is available
You can find a potential research supervisor from our list of academics to suit your proposed area of specialisation. Once you have found a potential supervisor you can contact them with your research proposal and writing sample.
Alternatively you can contact the Graduate Research Administrator in the relevant school to assist you with identifying if appropriate supervision is available for your research. Potential supervision can only be established with a complete research proposal. View contacts from each school below:
- Asia Institute, Leena Sookramanien
- School of Culture and Communications, Gabrielle Grigg
- Historical and Philosophical Studies, Sarah Gloger
- Language and Linguistics, Leticia Nieuwenhuizen
- Social and Political Science, Kate Farhall
You will be advised to proceed with a formal application should supervision be available.
5. Submit an application
Complete the Course and scholarships applications form found in the How to apply - Apply with Melbourne section of the Domestic applications web page or click the 'Apply now' button below.
Submit by the application deadline - October 31. Applications not submitted with the required documentation in time for this selection round cannot be considered for entry. Late or incomplete applications will be held over until the next selection round in the following year.
For more detailed information please visit the Faculty of Arts How to apply web page.
Frequently asked questions
Before you apply
- Check the degree website
- Check the entry requirements and make sure you're eligible
- Prepare a research proposal and writing sample
- Identify if appropriate supervision is available
- Submit an application online