Master of Arts

Develop your specialist knowledge in an area of the humanities, social sciences or performing arts and make a significant contribution to the scholarship in the discipline.

Our Master of Arts offers a huge range of research topic areas to choose from and your output can either take the form of a thesis, or practice-based creative work and exegesis for the music performance, theatre, composition or creative writing specialisations.

MA insights

Australian Postgraduate Award recipient Dan Sheehan is doing a practice-based MA (Music Performance) in improvised music performance looking into reinterpreting the classical piano etude as a model for creative practice in improvisation.

MA insights

MA candidate Hannah Skipton is examining the 12th century nun, Hildegard of Bingen, from an environmental history perspective. She is interested in how the natural world is represented in her work, and how this aligns with contemporary conceptions of Nature and Christian cosmology.

The Program

You can complete our Master of Arts with the following components or follow a practice-based program in one of the specialisations below.

A practice-based program can be taken in the following specialisations:

  • Master of Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Master of Arts (Music Composition)
  • Master of Arts (Music Performance)
  • Master of Arts (Theatre Performance)

Each of these comprise of the following components:

Research opportunities and support

Interested in conducting research in or outside of Australia?

Monash University is Australia's largest university and we have partnerships with over 100 universities worldwide, a Centre in Prato, Italy, and a campus in Malaysia, giving you more options to meet your local and global ambitions.

To help fund your research in Australia or overseas, we offer a range of travel grants and research funding. Research candidates have secured funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research. Our funding can also cover other research-related expenses including for publications, performance expenses and more.

For more information visit Research funding and support.

Fees & Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) exempts domestic students from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course - up to four years for candidates in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree.

An extensive scholarship program is available to both local and international students enrolled in research degrees as provided by Monash Graduate Education. The Faculty of Arts also supports candidates with generous scholarships and grants. Find out more.

CRICOS code: 038571G