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Master of Arts (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:


24 units from completion of the Classical Studies specialisation

6 units from completion of CLAS6001 Traditional Grammar

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

CLAS8002 Graduate Reading Course A

CLAS8003 Graduate Reading Course B

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

GREK6112 Continuing Ancient Greek

LATN6002 Continuing Latin

A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANCH6013 Ancient World in Film

ANCH6023 State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece

ANCH6101 Cultures in conflict: Greeks, Romans and others in southern Italy and Sicily

ANCH6502 Bad neighbours: evidence of Athenian life from 4th century law-court speeches

ANCH6505 A region in antiquity: Gallipoli and western Turkey

ANCH6506 Dark Age to democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC

CLAS8019 Classics Methods and Evidence

CLAS8020 Research in Classical Studies

CLAS8018 Research in Classical Studies

GREK6101 Intermediate Ancient Greek

GREK6125 Advanced Ancient Greek

LATN6101 Intermediate Latin

LATN6125 Advanced Latin

24 units from completion of THES8105 Thesis


24 units from completion of the English specialisation

24 units from completion of introductory courses from the following list:

ENGL6020 16th, 17th and 18th Century Literature

ENGL6021 Nineteenth Century US Literature

ENGL6022 19th & 20th Century Literature

ENGL6023 Jane Austen History and Fiction

ENGL6024 Australian Crimes: Crime Narratives on Page, Stage and Screen

ENGL6025 Contemporary Australian Writing

ENGL6026 Creative Writing 3 Advanced Fiction

ENGL6027 Empire and its Fictions

ENGL6028 Literature and Human Rights

ENGL6029 Modern American Fiction

ENGL6030 Modern Australian Drama

ENGL6031 Modernist Literature 1890-1940

ENGL6032 Poetry in English from Shakespeare to Postmodernism

ENGL6033 Post-Colonial Literature

ENGL6034 Renaissance Drama

ENGL6035 20th Century American Drama

ENGL6036 Victorian Literature

ENGL6037 Creative Writing

ENGL6086 Literature in the Digital Age: Theories, Texts, Methods

12 units from completion of methodology courses from the following list:

ENGL8020 Researching and Writing the Thesis: A Workshop

ENGL8021 Creative Reading: Topics in Theory, Methodology and Interpretation

12 units from completion of courses from the following list, which may be completed more than once:

ENGL8018 Re-making Literature: Topics in Reading and Analysing Genre

ENGL8019 Reading Context: Topics in Production and Reception of Texts

24 units from completion of THES8102 Thesis


24 units from completion of the Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatorship II specialisation

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MUSI7003 The Scholar Musician 1

MUSI8001 The Scholar Musician 2

MUSI8002 The Scholar Musician 3

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1

MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1

MUSI8007 Graduate Music Professional Practice Project 1

MUSI8008 Graduate Music Professional Practice Project 2

MUSI8009 Graduate Music Research Project 1

MUSI8010 Graduate Music Research Project 2

A maximum of 12 units from completion of 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level elective courses offered by ANU

24 units from completion of THES8105 Thesis

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and with the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis. Additional application information

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

Ancient Greek, Ancient History, Archaeology, Art History, English Literature, History, Latin, Music

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The ANU Master of Arts (Advanced) is a flagship degree which gives you the opportunity to undertake discipline-specific coursework, training in research theory and methodology, and complete a research thesis of up to 20,000 words. You can choose to study the Master of Arts specialising in Classics; English; or Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Curatorship. You will graduate with one of the world’s oldest and most highly regarded graduate coursework degrees.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until first semester, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. critically apply a range of advanced theoretical frameworks and research techniques to understanding complex national and international issues and problems;
  2. evaluate complex ideas and develop new, creative solutions to complex problems, including through independent pursuit of knowledge, and making sophisticated connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods;
  3. communicate and debate theoretical propositions, methodologies, and conclusions orally and in writing to both specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of media;
  4. understand the ethical implications of ideas, communications, and actions; and
  5. design and implement a major research project.
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