Master of Arts

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Here at the University of Notre Dame Australia, we are proud to offer the opportunity to work on a Master of Arts degree to students who have achieved strong results in their Undergraduate or Honours degree. Completed over two years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) the Master of Arts requires you to work closely with two academic supervisors as you undertake a significant and original piece of research, which may include a substantial new discovery or an innovative adaptation, application or interpretation of existing knowledge.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Master of Arts is a thesis-based research degree. The degree program is individually designed and built around the methodological requirements of the research, the nature of the topic to be investigated and the candidate’s background.

    If necessary, a candidate may also be required to undertake research training or further coursework as part of the MA program. Candidates will benefit from on-going support, mentoring or involvement in the University’s research culture.

    The Master of Arts may be completed as a traditional thesis or a thesis by publication or as a non-traditional thesis (exegesis) and creative artefact. Your MA should be based on an advanced investigation into a significant question which is related to your current field of study or work. The thesis should make an original and substantial contribution to the humanities, social sciences, applied sciences or Aboriginal studies.

    Remember that you must discuss your application with a suitably qualified member of the academic staff, preferably one you wish to be your principal research supervisor, before submitting an application to enrol in a Master of Arts.

    Financial support for domestic candidates is available under the Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS). International students, meanwhile, are required to pay full fees but may apply for a wide range of scholarships which are made available to candidates of exceptional potential.

  • Program summary

    A MA is a thesis-based research degree. The degree program is individually designed and built around the methodological requirements of the research and the nature of the topic to be investigated. The candidate may be asked to undertake further coursework to extend their knowledge and skills before embarking on the research component.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

    • Possession of an undergraduate (AQF level 7) or Honours (AQF level 8) degree from a recognised University, which has been completed at a superior standard and which demonstrates the applicant’s potential to undertake and complete a research based study at AQF level 9 equivalence; OR
    • In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Masters level.

    An applicant may be required to demonstrate an ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study or as deemed appropriate by the Dean of the School.

  • Fees

    Domestic students
    Domestic students with an offer in a higher degree by research (HDR) course at Notre Dame are exempt from having to pay a contribution towards the cost of this course. Notre Dame automatically allocates an Australian Government RTP Tuition Fees Offset Scholarship to any Australian citizen or permanent resident admitted to, or currently enrolled in a HDR degree at the University. Recipients are exempt from paying fees for their program for a maximum of two years' full-time equivalent study for a Master's research degree. Contact the Research Office for further details.

    International students
    International students are also eligible to apply for financial support through the Australian Government RTP, but a Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship is only available on a competitive basis.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact the Research Office for further details.

  • Scholarships

    Contact the Research Office for details.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Arts, please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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