Australian National University - College of Arts & Social Sciences

Introduction

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers postgraduate coursework degrees in over 20 disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences. We partner with the national cultural institutions and provide opportunities for students to network with leading practitioners, attend seminars and participate in internships and fieldwork.

A postgraduate degree can help you explore your areas of interest and further your career or change career direction.

Facilities and support services

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers:

  • academic staff with international research reputations, including 39 members of one, or both, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, and three Fellows of the British Academy and four ARC Federation Fellows
  • access to 9 libraries which postgraduate students can access with the ability to borrow 40 items at any one time.
  • access to more than two million volumes in the ANU Library and the vast holdings of the National Library of Australia
  • access to a wealth of electronic and traditional resources
  • each graduate field of study has a cohort of academics that meet regularly to induct students, provide graduate training in their specific fields, conduct staff and student seminars and master classes, and provide opportunities for collaborative work on grants and other projects
  • support for students throughout their studies through the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)
  • on-campus and off-campus graduate accommodation

Study options

The College offers four types of graduate coursework programs: Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master degree and Master (research) degree.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

A Graduate Certificates can provide you with new skills and knowledge in a discipline in which you have not previously studied. Typically a Graduate Certificate takes students one semester full-time (or equivalent) to complete, and provides a pathway into a Graduate Diploma and/or Master degree.

MASTER DEGREE

Master degrees build on the knowledge developed through undergraduate and Honours degrees, as well as relevant work experience. The Master degrees, which often range from one to two years of full-time (or equivalent) study, allow you to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in specific areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

MASTER (RESEARCH) DEGREE

An additional research component is available with many Master degree programs in the College. This can allow you to extend your research skills, and may provide a pathway into a higher degree by research. This research adds one semester of full-time study (or equivalent) to your degree.

Internships

A number of postgraduate degrees offered by the College include an internship, such as:

  • Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development internship
  • Master of Archaeological Science internship
  • Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies internship

Skills and career options

Postgraduate study can help you become an expert in your field and provide you with invaluable skills to take into the next stage of your career.

Some of the skills you can develop are:

  • ability for research at a highly analytical level
  • ability to show independent thought and show initiative
  • critical and creative thinking
  • problem-solving
  • communicating and presenting
  • time management.

Career opportunities with a postgraduate degree from ANU's College of Arts and Social Science are endless. Examples of sectors postgraduate alumni can enter include:

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Aid work
  • Art production
  • Civil service
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Community management
  • Corporate communications
  • Defence
  • Development
  • Diplomacy
  • Governance
  • Government
  • International affairs
  • Management
  • Media
  • Policy
  • Project management
  • Social services

Flexible Double Masters

The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years.

CRICOS code: 088510F

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master of Applied and General Linguistics

Campus Full time Australia Canberra

The program is designed for people who already have prior knowledge of linguistics or applied linguistics, and also for people coming from cognate areas such as speech pathology, audiology, interpreting or translation studies, language teaching, and editing. [+]

Do you have a passion for languages? Our program focuses on the nature, use and structure of language, as well as how to apply this knowledge in contexts ranging from second language learning and education, social interaction, communication across cultures, intercultural communication to language policy and language politics. This program is for you if you are interested in human linguistic capabilities in general, as well as the description and explanation of particular languages. You can undertake a specialisation in one of 19 languages. The program is designed for people who already have prior knowledge of linguistics or applied linguistics, and also for people coming from cognate areas such as speech pathology, audiology, interpreting or translation studies, language teaching, and editing. This degree provides you with the opportunity to draw on over thirty linguistics experts as well as expert teachers of many languages. Admissions Requirements Domestic A Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students International A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students. Career opportunities: The Master of General and Applied Linguistics will advance your career in education, translation and interpreting, language teaching, speech pathology, audiology, editing, language policy, cross-cultural communication, language documentation and other positions in government and private business. It is also a pathway to further studies. Further studies: Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification. Admissions requirements By transfer from the Master of General and Applied Linguistics, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

Campus Full time Australia Canberra

If you're a development practitioner, or aspiring to be one, the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) will give you the practical skills you need to make a difference, and also the theory to assess your impact. [+]

If you're a development practitioner, or aspiring to be one, the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) will give you the practical skills you need to make a difference, and also the theory to assess your impact. The MAAPD is a highly-regarded qualification taught by leading academics with development work experience in the field. The MAAPD offers five specialisations to choose from according to your passions: Conflict and development Gender and development Humanitarian action Indigenous policy Society and environment Admissions Requirements Domestic A Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students International A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65 %. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students Career opportunities: The MAAPD will advance your career in development, policy, and program management in bilateral, mulitlateral and non-government organisations or as an independent consultant. Further studies: Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master's qualification Admissions requirements By transfer from the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]

Master of Archaeological Science

Campus Full time Australia Canberra

Boost your credentials and your career with a Master of Archaeological Science at the ANU. This unique degree offers you access to over 40 top ranked international archaeologists. Join them in the field or in our world class laboratories to hone your technical expertise and experience. [+]

Boost your credentials and your career with a Master of Archaeological Science at the ANU. This unique degree offers you access to over 40 top ranked international archaeologists. Join them in the field or in our world class laboratories to hone your technical expertise and experience. Students can tailor the program to their own training objectives, through hands on experience with a wide range of supervising specialists, materials and laboratory resources. Two specialisations are available to match your interests: Forensic archaeology and palaeopathology and Quaternary studies and palaeoenvironments. Admissions Requirements Domestic A Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline maybe eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students International A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline maybe eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students Career opportunities: The Master of Archaeological Science can lead to a PhD, or advance your career in cultural and environmental resource management, heritage management, forensic science and materials science. Further studies: Master of Archaeological Science (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification. Admissions requirements By transfer from the Master of Archaeological Science, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]

Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture

Campus Full time Australia Canberra

The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture is an innovative new degree offered by the ANU. Providing students with an introduction to humanities study and research, coupled with the opportunity to specialise in biographical research and writing, digital humanities, or public humanities and culture, the degree will equip students with cutting-edge skills in digital technologies, and research and writing, for both the scholarly and public sphere. [+]

The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture is an innovative new degree offered by the ANU. Providing students with an introduction to humanities study and research, coupled with the opportunity to specialise in biographical research and writing, digital humanities, or public humanities and culture, the degree will equip students with cutting-edge skills in digital technologies, and research and writing, for both the scholarly and public sphere. This degree will help students develop a broad understanding of the historical, cultural, and social aspects of current research in the digital and public humanities. It thus addresses the growing demand for graduates well-versed in a combination of humanistic and digital skills and able to work in a variety of professional environments, from cultural and memory institutions, to the emerging job markets of information management, social media, and online content delivery. The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture allows you to draw on our innovative, world leading staff, and strong industry connections and partnerships, to develop your professional expertise and experience. With some of Australia’s leading scholars and innovators in the interdisciplinary fields of biography, public culture and humanities, and digital humanities, and national cultural institutions and archives at your fingertips, there’s no better place to study digital humanities and public culture than ANU. Please note: The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture is currently only available to Domestic students. The university intends to apply for CRICOS registration. The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture will be offered for study from semester 1 2016. Further information will be available on the Programs and Courses website in the near future. Admissions Requirements Domestic A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units(one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students International A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units(one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year)of credit. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students. Career opportunities: A Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture will advance your career in the public service, government and non-government organisations, and academia. Further studies: Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master's qualification. Admissions requirements By transfer from the Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]

Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Campus Full time Australia Canberra

If you’re fascinated by the Middle East and Central Asia, transform your passion into a qualification at Australia’s premier institute for studies of the region. [+]

If you’re fascinated by the Middle East and Central Asia, transform your passion into a qualification at Australia’s premier institute for studies of the region. Leading experts from the ANU Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies will take you on a journey through the politics, international relations, modern history and political economy of the Middle East and Central Asia, drawing on our links with major counterparts in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe. After completing your Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (MMECAS), you will have the opportunity to take a Master of Diplomacy, graduating with two degrees. Admissions Requirements Domestic A Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students International A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students. Career opportunities: A MMECAS will advance your career in any professional area requiring a solid understanding of the Middle East and Central Asia, whether in diplomacy, the public service, teaching, journalism, development or business. Further studies: Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification. Admissions requirements Admission is by transfer from the Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted, as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]

Master of Visual Arts

Campus Full time Australia Canberra

A Master of Visual Arts is the opportunity you have dreamed of to focus on developing your skills as an artist or professional in the arts sector. [+]

A Master of Visual Arts is the opportunity you have dreamed of to focus on developing your skills as an artist or professional in the arts sector. Through individual studio practice, core theory, master classes, field studies, research projects, and courses across ANU, you will extend your creative, technical and analytical skills under the supervision of our expert staff. Study is available in a variety of workshops including art theory, ceramics, furniture, glass, gold and silversmithing, printmedia and drawing, painting, photography and media arts, sculpture, and textiles. As a visual arts student at ANU, you will find the nation’s premier cultural institutions as well as the thriving local art scene at your doorstep. Admissions Requirements Domestic Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65% and successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. Entry to the Master of Visual Arts requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Applicants are advised to contact the ANU School of Art to arrange for assessment as soon as possible. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students International Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65% and successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit. Entry to the Master of Visual Arts requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Applicants are advised to contact the ANU School of Art to arrange for assessment as soon as possible. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students. Further studies: Master of Visual Arts (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification. Admissions requirements By transfer from the Master of Visual Arts, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]

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