Master of Arts

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM199
CRICOS 093075M

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Our Master of Arts challenges you to think, perform and grow to new levels. You’ll develop specialised knowledge in your field of study and advanced research and communication skills. A master will also give you a competitive edge in community and Arts careers around the globe.

What will you do?

  • Take 12 units worth of core courses in your chosen discipline.
  • Work in close contact with research active academics.
  • Benefit from small group learning.
  • Intern in an organisation tied to your career aspirations.
  • Apply and share your learning in a capstone thesis.

The program currently offers specialisations in:

  • Creative Practice in Music (extension pathway only) 
  • Environmental Studies 
  • Global Media 
  • International Relations.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
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    International applicants

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    CRICOS 093075M
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates from the Creative Practice in Music stream have various performance opportunities in public and private practice, and often undertake teaching in the private studio.

    Environmental Studies graduates will be well equipped to take up senior policy roles in government and a variety of roles in environmental management for government agencies, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

    Global Media graduates will be well equipped with both applied and theoretical understandings of media in a global environment, and ready to take on careers in a wide range of media-focused industries. The growing and diversified nature of these industries opens up a broad range of opportunities for graduates to utilise their skills and knowledge.

    International Relations graduates find successful careers in numerous roles such as security adviser, political analyst, political reporter, foreign affairs reporter, intelligence analyst and within international organisations such as the United Nations.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Accompanist, Administrative Assistant, Band Musician, Ministerial Adviser, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Teacher, Musician, Natural Resource Planner, Classroom Music Teacher, Non Government Organisation Worker, Parliamentary Adviser, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Public Servant, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Economist, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Resource Management, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker, Intelligence Officer, ...

  • Degree Structure

    The Master of Arts uses a variety of teaching approaches, from face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops to blended learning. Small group learning and regular close contact with research active academics are embedded across the program.

    Students complete 12 units worth of core courses in their chosen discipline, and a capstone thesis also worth 12 units, which allows students to pursue their interests in greater depth.

    Unique to this degree is a 6 unit internship that provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an organisation related to their career aspirations. Students take elective courses from outside of their discipline area to develop cross-disciplinary thinking and the ability to apply it to solve complex problems.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Creative Practice in Music (SATAC code 3CM210)
    The Creative Practice in Music specialisation in the Master of Arts will equip students with practical, theoretical and conceptual tools to enter the world of music in the 21st century as a creative artist. This program focuses on the use of digital technology across the fields of sonic art, sound design and composition, including the application to contemporary media such as film and games. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of different approaches, both individual and collaborative, and styles from popular to experimental, in compiling a professional portfolio of creative work.

    Environmental Studies (SATAC code 3CM211)
    Develop an understanding of the principles and practice of environmental policy, planning and governance. Students will address how global warming, water shortages, deforestation and the like are to be managed. Responding effectively to environmental problems involves far more than the application of scientific knowledge, or the ‘top-down’ regulation of people and their environments. Government policies must be negotiated with, and implemented through, diverse private-sector agents and a differentiated civil society. Managing environmental problems therefore entails a new set of approaches, including government, public-private partnerships, economic tools and incentives, democratic decentralisation and risk management. The program addresses how the signature environmental issues of our time are to be managed; now and into the future.

    Global Media (SATAC code 3CM212)
    The Global Media specialisation features a range of thematic approaches for studying contemporary media including spatiality, globalisation, and media imperialism. Focused studies into the construction of global audiences and markets will include investigations of how diasporic, minority and multicultural communities are involved in the creation and distribution of media. The commercialisation of celebrities, popular franchises and even news media has seen a greater need for economic investment and entrepreneurial management skills than ever before. The program therefore encourages students to demonstrate an informed understanding of debates around the viability of traditional media in the face of new media platforms and economies in an increasingly global environment.

    International Relations (SATAC code 3CM213)
    The Master of Arts specialisation in International Studies provides an opportunity to explore the character of the contemporary world and gain an advanced understanding of the key issues and debates in international politics. The program covers a wide range of teaching and research, including strategic and security studies; contemporary international thought; gender perspectives in international relations; international political economy; issues of equity and inequality in the international sphere; power, culture and communication; and Asian studies and European studies.

    Example Study Plan

    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates.


    All courses employ e-learning methods such as recorded lectures, online provision of materials, the creative use of the University’s Learning Management System (wikis, blogs etc), e-submission and e-marking where appropriate. Assessment approaches provide regular feedback, both formative and summative, and peer and self-assessment tasks simulate real-world requirements for the successful achievement of set tasks.
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    The annual Open Day provides an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2019