Master of Arts

Contribute in your discipline

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 1.5 years) 
  • Environmental Studies 
  • History

  • Learn from world class academics
  • Become an expert in a field you're passionate about
  • Open career opportunities you never thought possible

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM199, 3CM210, 3CM211, 3CM212, 3CM245
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
For those applying for the Master of Arts (Creative Practice in Music) specialisation only, please note the following: All prospective students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview for each area of specialisation, regardless of the number or type of music programs they are applying for. The audition/interview will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score and academic achievement. For details regarding the audition rounds and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music (
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

Please note: For those applying for the Master of Arts (Creative Practice in Music) specialisation, please see the 'Additional Entry Requirements' section as well.

How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM199, 3CM210, 3CM211, 3CM212, 3CM245

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $29,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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.


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.

History graduates take their broad contextual knowledge of the world to the heritage sector and libraries, or the thriving family history industry. History experts can make decisions with an awareness of the impacts of society, economy, politics, technology in areas such as consultancy, management, local and state government, politics, education, media and tv, and fund-raising.

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.

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.

When applying for this specialisation, you will need to show evidence of having a Bachelor degree or equivalent with a substantial Music component OR a Bachelor degree or equivalent plus demonstrated musical experience. A substantial Music component means either a music degree, or another degree with a major in music, for example a teaching degree. Demonstrated music experience means several years of experience in performing and/or teaching and/or creating music. This should be documented in your application. 

All applicants will complete an audition or interview (online or in person)

Environmental Studies (SATAC code 3CM211)
The Master of Arts specialisation in Environmental Studies will help you to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of environmental policy, planning and governance. Managing environmental problems increasingly entails a new set of approaches, including government, public-private partnerships, economic tools and incentives, democratic decentralisation, and risk management.

Potential applicants may take this more integrated learning stream, or focus more directly on environmental policy and management issues within the specialist program Master of Environmental Policy and Management.

Graduates from the Environmental Studies stream can 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.

History (SATAC code TBA)
The world is changing rapidly, but many of the things we are dealing with – technological transformation, environmental disaster, political contest, new media, global exchange – have happened to other generations. History never repeats itself, but the past informs how we think about current events, our identities and families, and the future. Historians study the world in its complexity, looking at how society, economy, technology, media, medicine, family and identity inform and shape each other.

This specialisation offers access to cutting-edge research in history, ensuring you are equipped to use archives and their materials, as well as a broad range of data collection and production techniques. With several family history options, you can deepen your skills in genealogy and family history, and to place your own family into historical context. You'll see what others haven’t noticed; address complex and real-world problems; more effectively understand how data is produced and what difference that makes; and make strong decisions for the future.


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.

Further Study


The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022