The Master of Philosophy is a unique interdisciplinary degree offered by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. This program – developed by leading academics – is designed to prepare you for work and research in today’s global world. Through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework and thesis work, the Master of Philosophy will provide you with a broad education in humanities and social sciences.

This degree is suited to professionals who already have several years of experience in the workforce and want to develop research skills working across subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It allows applicants with a Bachelor’s degree (WAM 70) in a related subject area to develop cross-disciplinary expertise in a new area of research.

Combine Research Strengths & Academic Expertise

To ground yourself in fields that are different from traditional majors, we’ve created four, new specialisations. These specialisations align with the research strengths and academic expertise of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. During your degree, you’ll study one foundational course, one trans-disciplinary course and one discipline-specific elective. Candidates will also complete a 20,000 - 25,000 word research thesis under the guidance of two supervisors.

As a UNSW Master of Philosophy student, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from four interdisciplinary specialisations including:

Health & Wellbeing

In this specialisation, you’ll draw on social and critical frameworks and interdisciplinary research techniques to design ethical, contextual and creative approaches to understanding health and well-being. If you want to pursue higher degree research or enhance your current knowledge, our academics are here to provide you with advanced research training opportunities. By drawing on the humanities and social sciences, you’ll learn how to conduct and inform research.

Global & First Nations Studies

This specialisation will develop your skills in cross-cultural inquiry through engagement with multiple narratives and viewpoints. Your study will address questions such as: “How do we understand identity, time and place?” “What is the nature of power and how it is exercised?” and “How do we learn from the knowledge and experience of first nations people?”

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts specialisation is targeted to students who are interested in expanding their research skills and knowledge in art practices and processes, theory, and analysis. Students may include artists who are re-entering the education sector, arts professionals looking to augment their career options or recent Bachelor degree graduates seeking a higher research program of study.

Knowledge & Ethical Practices

This specialisation involves discerning knowledge and sound ethical practices. You’ll have the chance to form an integral basis for quality research. This specialisation will equip you with an understanding of the fundamental questions raised within the humanities and social sciences about knowledge and ethical practices.  It will provide you with conceptual tools to question epistemologies and methods of inquiry and the skills to design and conduct responsible research.

Your Career

Upon completion of the UNSW Master of Philosophy, you’ll be prepared for the opportunities and challenges of today’s global workplace. You’ll be empowered to make a positive contribution to society. Our academics will equip you to work collaboratively on current pressing issues and solve problems in an increasingly complex world.

We’ve designed this degree to ensure that you’re well-qualified for a range of employment opportunities including careers in education, policy, government departments, NGOs, consultancies, literary work and journalism, public health and the arts. The Master of Philosophy can also serve as a pathway for undertaking further doctoral studies.

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements in the UNSW Handbook.

How to Apply