2020 Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Research - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

 Master of Research



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

 Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (previously Law, Humanities and the Arts)

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

 On Campus (Face-to-Face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

 Innovation Campus


The Master of Research offered by the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities comprises research and research training, requiring students to complete 96 credit points of subjects. The first year comprises 48 credit points of research training and coursework while the second year comprises a 48 credit point thesis, which may be assessed by two external examiners. Academic Units may award advanced standing for the research training and coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

Students can apply for entry at any time with both beginning and mid-year intakes, and the degree can be undertaken full or part-time.

The following research areas are available in the Humanities and the Arts: English, History, Politics, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Language and Linguistics, International Studies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Science and Technology Studies.

The degree suits students who have just finished their undergraduate degrees but who want the applied skills and industry recognition that comes with the Master of Research. It also suits those returning to study and students interested in gaining extra research training on the way to a PhD. The Master of Research is perfect for students who want training from experts in research methods and who would benefit from completing a substantial research project.

Research Areas

Students can specialise in either Arts and Humanities, or Creative Arts, and are able to focus their research in the following areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • International Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies


Specialisations are 'Arts and Humanities' or 'Creative Arts'. Students will study their area of research under one of these specialisations.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts and apply established theories to identified discipline areas;
2 Understand, in the context of an advanced body of knowledge, recent developments in an identified discipline area;
3 With creativity and initiative, plan a substantial piece of research using advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the identified discipline area;
4 Communicate effectively, to a range of audiences, coherent and sustained arguments to evaluate and justify the selected research question, research design and interpretation of research results;
5 Implement a substantial piece of research that shows mastery of, and the capacity for critical reflection on, the application of theoretical knowledge with a high level of personal autonomy, accountability and regards for conventions for research integrity, privacy and integrity issues;
6 Disseminate research outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

The Master of Research degree comprises both research and research training, requiring students to complete 96 credit points of subjects, as specified in the chosen area of study.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1:
LHA 901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice 12
LHA 902 The Researcher: People, Places, Methods 12
Plus ONE of the following TWO subjects:
LHA 903 The Project and the Plan 12
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12
Plus ONE from the following list of subjects:
ENGL970 Research in English 12
HIST970 Research in History 12
LANG970 Research in Languages 12
PAIS970 Research in Politics and International Studies 12
PHIL970 Research in Philosophy 12
SCTI970 Research in Critical Social Inquiry 12
Year 2: Plus one of the following:
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis Full Time 24
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis Part Time 12

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page

Other Information

Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 7 August, 2020