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Master of Arts

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online
    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1-2 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of Arts from the University of New England (UNE) is designed for students who want to acquire detailed and expert knowledge in a subject area of personal interest.

Graduates from this course will achieve higher-level knowledge of a selected subject area in a fairly unrestricted study program, which helps refine a student's professional skills and research and analytical capabilities.

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate advanced communication skills and contemporary knowledge to apply to a range of careers, including management, public relations, foreign affairs, education, business, human resources, and research.

Delivered online and on campus, this course allows students to attain a master's qualification with a flexible approach to their study schedule.

Eligibility

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree with a major in a relevant discipline*; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, bachelor with honours or master's qualification in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to the following: ancient history, archaeology, Asian studies, classical world, Chinese studies, English, environmental advocacy, French studies, geography, history, Indigenous studies, Islamic studies, Italian studies, linguistics, media and communications, peace studies, philosophy, politics and international studies, regional change management, studies in religion, theatre and performance, or writing.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

 

Areas of study

In this arts course, some of the subjects you may study include:

Ancient History major

  • Introduction to Ancient Greece
  • Introduction to Ancient Rome
  • Understanding history
  • Minor research project
  • Major research project
  • Society and the individual in classical Greece
  • Greek democracy and its enemies
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world
  • Rome of the Caesars
  • Augustus and the Roman revolution
  • The shadow of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • The Roman family: from cradle to grave
  • Bronze Age Greece and the Aegean
  • Egypt in the age of the Pyramids
  • New kingdom Egypt

Applied Sociology major

  • Introduction to sociology
  • Foundations of society
  • Working with and in organisations
  • Contemporary social theory: debates and controversies
  • Social policy
  • Mixed methods in social research
  • BCSS research project
  • Applied Sociology masters dissertation
  • The city and social thought
  • Changing climate, changing lives
  • Media and society
  • Globalisation, development and social change
  • Sociology and health and illness
  • The family and children in society
  • Migration, sociology and diversity

Chinese Studies major

  • Chinese language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A)
  • Intermediate Chinese: listening
  • Dissertation unit
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Advanced Chinese 1: writing
  • Advanced Chinese 2: translation
  • Advanced Chinese 3: tradition and modernity
  • Contemporary Chinese culture
  • Cultural expression in modern Asia
  • Arts research and professional practice
  • The design of language
  • Intercultural communication
  • The languages of Asia
  • Women, family and the state in Asia
  • Dragon in chains? Contemporary Chinese politics
  • Chinese and Japanese religion: a history
  • Buddhism: a history

Classic World major

  • Introduction to classical languages
  • Classical languages through reading
  • Intermediate classical languages
  • Intermediate classical texts
  • Advanced classical languages
  • Advanced classical texts
  • Minor research project
  • Major research project
  • Society and the individual in classical Greece
  • Greek democracy and its enemies
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world
  • Rome of the Caesars
  • Augustus and the Roman revolution
  • The shadow of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • The Roman family: from cradle to grave

English major

  • Engaging with literature
  • Approaches to literature and society
  • Research and writing across disciplines
  • Reading and writing children's literature
  • Persuading the public: rhetoric in public affairs
  • Critical and creative writing through literature
  • Renaissance matters
  • Perspectives on Shakespeare
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • American odyssey
  • Australian literature: 1930 to the present
  • The contemporary novel
  • Literature and the environment
  • World literature: words without borders
  • Reading crime
  • Understanding literary theory

French Studies major

  • French language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B)
  • Dissertation unit
  • French language extension 2C
  • French language through culture (1 and 2)
  • French cinema
  • French translation (1 and 2)
  • Representations of war
  • Women in French texts
  • Writing the self
  • Modern Europe in war and peace: 1918 to yesterday
  • Arts research and professional practice
  • Power and propaganda in the European reformations
  • The design of language
  • Intercultural communication
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Sociolinguistics and language ecology

Geography major

  • Earth in crisis?
  • Where in the world? Australia's human geography
  • Understanding research
  • Research project in geography
  • Applied research methods
  • Catchment to coast
  • Cradle to grave: population geography
  • Economic change and urban development
  • Architecture and urban design
  • Natural hazards
  • Uncertainty, science and policy-making
  • Principles of development control
  • Regional development: processes and policies
  • Transport and land use planning
  • Planning policy for hazards

History major

  • What is history?
  • The historian
  • Understanding history
  • Minor research project
  • Major research project
  • Witch hunting, 1400-1700
  • Byzantine history AD 330-1056
  • Crusader Europe, 1095-1453
  • Heretics and dissenters in medieval Europe, 1000-1500
  • Being bad: sinners, crooks, deviants and psychos
  • Crime, protest and reform in the British world, 1780-1840
  • Ashes to ashes: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1945
  • Modern Europe in war and peace: 1918 to yesterday
  • Australia and the world: an international history
  • Local and community history

Indonesian Studies major

  • Indonesian language (1A or 1A [in-country], 1B or 1B [in-country])
  • Indonesian language (2A, 2B, 3A, 3B)
  • Dissertation unit
  • Cultural expression in modern Asia
  • Indonesian in-country study (A, B, C, D)
  • Contemporary Indonesian culture
  • A history of Indonesian and its role in society
  • Reading Islamic texts: state, religion and conflicts
  • Contemporary issues in Indonesian culture and society
  • Arts research and professional practice
  • Women in Islam
  • The design of language
  • Intercultural communication
  • The languages of Asia
  • Sex, crime and corruption
  • Women, family and the state in Asia

Italian Studies major

  • Dissertation unit
  • Italian language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B)
  • Introduction to modern Italian literature and culture
  • Modern Italian novel
  • 19th century Italian literature
  • 20th century women writers in Italy
  • Italian renaissance literature
  • 14th century Italian literature
  • The Italian detective novel
  • The art of Roman government
  • The Roman family: from cradle to grave
  • Arts research and professional practice
  • Grandeur and decline: the novel in Sicily
  • The design of language
  • Intercultural communication
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Sociolinguistics and language ecology

Linguistics major

  • BCSS research project
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Foundations of linguistics
  • Research methods in second language acquisition
  • Language and the law
  • Meaning in language
  • Communicating in culturally diverse contexts
  • The English language
  • Second language acquisition
  • Bilingualism
  • First language and literacy acquisition
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Australia's Indigenous languages
  • Morphology and syntax
  • Sociolinguistics and language ecology

Media and Communications major

  • Screen media
  • Media convergence and culture
  • Research and writing across disciplines
  • Film and media in the digital age
  • Children's media
  • The art of capitalism: advertising and culture
  • Digital and social media
  • Television studies
  • Popular and creative culture
  • News and current affairs
  • The art of documentary
  • Hollywood cinema
  • Australian film
  • Screen adaptations: rewiring the text
  • Visual pleasures: film, gender and genre

Philosophy major

  • Bioethics
  • The art of good thinking
  • Introduction to metaphysics: in search of reality
  • Introduction to philosophy A: the examined life
  • Reading unit A
  • Minor research project
  • Major research project
  • Epistemology: the enlightenment and beyond
  • Philosophy of science
  • European philosophy I: the 19th century
  • European philosophy II: the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Friendship, love and sex
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Elementary logic
  • Ethical theory

Political and International Studies major

  • Beyond lies and spin: why politics matters
  • International relations: an Australian perspective
  • Political ideologies
  • 21st century international relations
  • Reading unit A
  • Minor research project
  • Major research project
  • Avoid economic deception: study political economy
  • Modern political thinkers
  • Contemporary challenges to global security
  • Paradise lost? Governance in the Pacific
  • Australia's relations with Asia
  • Classical political thinkers
  • International human rights
  • Sex, crime and corruption

Studies in Religion major

  • Reading unit A
  • Exploring the sacred
  • World religions today
  • Magic and the supernatural in history and culture
  • Minor research project
  • Major research project
  • Bronze Age Greece and the Aegean
  • Egypt in the age of the Pyramids
  • New kingdom Egypt
  • New religions, cults and popular spiritualities
  • Chinese and Japanese religion: a history
  • Religions of the ancient near east
  • Women, gender and the world's religions
  • Buddhism: a history
  • Earliest Christianity: social context and sacred text

Theatre and Performance major

  • Dissertation unit
  • Ideas of theatre (I and II)
  • Television studies
  • Australian film
  • Writing short fiction
  • Critical and creative writing: fantasy literature
  • Renaissance matters
  • Perspectives on Shakespeare
  • Understanding literary theory
  • Aboriginal resilience and the arts
  • The classic play and performance now
  • The actor's craft
  • Australia on stage
  • Minorities and majorities in Australian theatre
  • Scriptwriting for the theatre

Writing major

  • The craft of academic writing
  • Storytelling and genre writing
  • Research and writing across disciplines
  • The art of capitalism: advertising and culture
  • Digital and social media
  • The art of the documentary
  • Screen adaptations: rewiring the text
  • Writing short fiction
  • Writing for work: styles and contexts
  • Writing non-fiction: interpreting the truth
  • Reading and writing children's literature
  • Persuading the public: rhetoric in public affairs
  • Publishing and editing
  • Critical and creative writing: fantasy literature
  • Scriptwriting for the theatre
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Arts from the University of New England.

Career opportunities for graduates from this course span a diverse range of fields from the humanities to the business arena.

The course equips graduates with advanced thinking and research capabilities to take on senior roles in many fields of management, public relations, education, foreign affairs, business, human resources, and research.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Artist
  • Sociologist
  • Musician
  • Psychologist
  • Media Presenter
  • Entertainer
  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

 

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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