Masters by Research


Engage in original research

A Masters by Research is your opportunity to engage in serious research and contribute new knowledge to your area of research interest within the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.

This program is similar to a Doctor of Philosophy but on a more modest scale and provides research training to apply for a PhD.

You will develop insight and critical research skills, master strong research methodology and complete an original piece of research, under the support and guidance of a supervisor.

To be eligible for the degree you will have shown clear potential to undertake significant independent research, evident by your relevant Honours degree; professional work following a relevant undergraduate degree; or completion of a postgraduate coursework degree with a significant research component.


Program structure

A Masters by Research program involves completion of the following:

  • a research thesis proposal
  • a research thesis, normally of 30,000 words
  • some specialisation areas also require the completion of 3 coursework courses

The program is completed within 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time study.

Specialisation areas

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences offer a range of specialist Masters by Research programs in a broad range of supervision areas.

Visit the UNSW handbook pages for individual program structures:

Supervision areas

We offer supervision in a wide range of disciplines and research areas that contribute to the Faculty’s research strengths.

Postgraduate research supervision areas


Clear indication of potential to undertake research is required, either through a relevant Honours degree or through a period of professional work following a relevant undergraduate degree.

How to apply


For program rules and structure please see the UNSW Handbook.