Master of Arts

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Here at The University of Notre Dame Australia, our Master of Arts is a postgraduate research degree designed for students who have performed exceptionally well during their undergraduate studies. If you fall into that category and feel that you have the capacity to complete a demanding research project, then speak to one of our supervisors about enrolling for this program.

  • Why study this degree?

    Designed for high-performing students, a Master of Arts presents the perfect opportunity for academic advancement. Working with an assigned supervisor, you will complete a major research project in your chosen field. Candidates may also be required to undertake concurrent studies in the relevant content area if their background is deemed to be lacking in contemporary knowledge and understanding.

    Completion time for this project is normally two years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study. However, in special circumstances, applicants may be able to complete their Masters in only one year but prior approval from the Dean of Arts & Sciences is required. Before submitting an application, please contact the University’s Research Office to arrange a discussion with a suitably qualified member of the academic staff.

  • Program summary

    • PHTH6000 Bioethics OR PHIL6020 Pastoral Placement
    • ARTS5010 Research Methods
    • TWO (2) Capstone courses
    • EIGHT (8) courses for the nominated Specialisation

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

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Possession of a Bachelor’s award (AQF level 7 qualification) in a field relevant to the specialisation; or
    • 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 in a cognate discipline.
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Scholarships

    Domestic Students

    According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) for the length of their degree. Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through The University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

    International Students

    All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. Please refer to the International Prospectus for current cost per year to complete a Master’s degree. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) or the University equivalent International Fee Remission Research Scholarship (IFRRS), and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the program. The IFRRS covers the annual fee remission for the successful candidate; however students will need to pay for their own Overseas Student Health Cover.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Arts, please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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