Master of Philosophy (Arts)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Do you dream of undertaking original research but feel you need guidance to complete such an enterprise? If so, our Master of Philosophy (Arts) could be ideal degree for you. This program combines four coursework units, a major research project and access to university-based supervisors to oversee your research project. Just be aware that successful applicants must have completed their undergraduate program with high credits and demonstrate a potential to complete research-based study.

  • Why study this degree?

    Students who have performed exceptionally well in their undergraduate studies may wish to undertake a research project in an area of special interest to them. Each candidate is assigned two university-based supervisors who will provide support and academic guidance throughout the coursework and research components of this program. During the coursework stage, your supervisors will assist with the early preparation of your research proposal and then continue to offer guidance throughout the research phase, and until your thesis is examined.

    The Master of Philosophy (Arts) can be completed in 18 months of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study. Candidates will usually complete the four coursework subjects within the first full-time semester. An average grade of Credit in the coursework is a prerequisite for proceeding to the research component of the program. The schedule takes into consideration the fact that many students will be working full-time or have other commitments during their enrolment.

    Just 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 Philosophy.

  • Program summary

    • Coursework component
    • Supervised research

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

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

    • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, which has been completed at a high credit standard and which demonstrates the applicant’s potential to undertake and complete research-based study.
    • Have an equivalent academic background or extensive professional experience that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Master's level.
    • Candidates may be required to satisfy the Dean of the School of the ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study.
  • Fees

    More information can be found at the 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 Masters 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 course. 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

    More information

    For more information on the Doctor of Philosophy, 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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