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2018: February and July
2 years
2018: A$10,900 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


Undertake a Master of Arts (Research) at VU to gain a respected qualification in the humanities, arts or social sciences.

You'll be supported by a large community of academic staff with experience conducting research projects, presenting papers to international conferences, and publishing academic journal articles and books.

Our position in the west of Melbourne offers unique opportunities for collaborative research. We have strong connections with community, healthcare and arts organisations, as well as local and national government departments.

During your masters study, you'll expand and develop specialist knowledge and demonstrate independent thought, while undertaking an original thesis.

You'll also improve your career prospects in a competitive field by highlighting your ability to research, write, manage projects, and think critically and logically.

We offer opportunities to embed your research in important creative, community and health organisations. Our partnerships include collaborations with:

  • SBS Television
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
  • Baryshnikov Art Centre (NY)
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre
  • Western Health
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Victoria Police.

Victoria University has several generous research scholarships for successful applicants. There are also externally funded scholarships from dozens of organisations, some of which aimed at postgraduate students.

VU Research gives you opportunities to:

  • connect with other researchers
  • participate in research festivals and competitions
  • develop your research skills
  • get funding for your research
  • publish and promote your findings.

We offer support for graduate researchers including:

Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.

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Odile Ramnac progressed from Diploma to important community study in a masters degree

Our staff include published author Tony Birch, who is part of our Moondani Balluk academic unit

Careers in social and cultural organisations

Masters graduates are prepared for a wide range of roles in government or the public service, community and non-government organisations and media.

Our graduates often go on to work in the following areas:

  • journalism, writing or strategic communications
  • publishing
  • arts administration and management
  • government and policy work
  • community-sector professional roles
  • creative arts.

Career options with this qualification vary greatly depending on discipline. Example annual salaries for potential jobs are:

Course structure

The standard duration of a Masters Degree (Research) is two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent, although in certain circumstances the degree may be completed in eighteen months.
In some cases the student may be required to complete approved coursework units such as laboratory skills or research design as part of the Masters Degree (Research). 

The course objectives are to produce graduates who have the following knowledge and skills:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more discipline
  • advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research method
  • communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audience
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

This knowledge and these skills will be demonstrated through the planning and execution of a substantial piece of research

with creativity and initiative

with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, demonstrating expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry Requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.