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2014 Master of Arts (Specialisation)(R7W)  Download to Zip

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Launceston: Some specialisations may not be offered in Launceston
Course Duration: Minimum 2 yrs, Maximum 5 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):



This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee {domestic} Post 2008' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services at

The Master of Arts (Specialisation) is designed to enable graduates to undertake advanced postgraduate coursework study in one of a range of Humanities specialisations. Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

This on-campus, 2 years full-time (or, up to 5 consecutive years part-time) course is available at Hobart and/or Launceston (not all specialisations are available on both campuses). Some units will be available by off-campus study, but not in sufficient numbers at this stage to complete the degree in this mode.

The following specialisations are available within the MArts(Spec):

  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classical and Medieval Studies
  • English {Creative Writing*}
  • English
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese

Students may also undertake a program combining two of the above specialisations.

*English {Creative Writing} may also be offered in Cradle Coast Campus, subject to sufficient numbers of students.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2014. For students who commenced prior to 2014, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2013 should refer to the 2013 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Normal admission requirement are:

  • successful completion of the requirements in the same specialisation for the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation) with a Credit average; or
  • a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent with the relevant major from the University of Tasmania with Credit average results; or
  • a university degree with the relevant major from another university or tertiary institution, deemed to be appropriate by the Faculty of Arts; or
  • candidates not holding a bachelor's degree but whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily may be deemed eligible for admission,
  • and a level of English equivalent to a score of 7.0 on an IELTS test.

Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of the relevant School in consultation with the Honours Coordinator and the Program Director.

NB: Currently the GPA for credit average results is calculated on the basis of a HD=7, DN=6, CR=5, PP=4, without any failure in the units that makes up that GPA, for the units at intermediate and advanced level in the proposed program or otherwise approved by the program director.

Course Objectives

Master of Arts (Specialisation) (R7W)

It is intended that, upon completion of this course, students will:

1. Graduates at this level will have advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

2. Graduates at this level will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences

3. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

Career Outcomes

In Australia and around the world, employers are increasingly seeking graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed that flexibility of thought which technical and vocational training rarely encourages. Arts graduates find jobs in, for example, advertising, journalism, the arts, diplomacy, interpreting and tourism, management and administration, and research and publishing.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including any core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation). Students who terminate their studies after completing 50% of coursework units (including any core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation). Students who complete the Master of Arts (Specialisation) at a sufficiently high level and who show an affinity for research will be encouraged to consider progression to a research higher degree.

Where specialisations permit, students will have the opportunity to undertake 12.5% or 25% of internship units (subject to negotiation with the course co-ordinator) as part of the Graduate Diploma. The maximum percentage of internship units able to be counted to the Graduate Diploma is 25%.

Based on a completed Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the same discipline at UTAS, 100%will articulate toward the Master of Arts (Specialisation) in the same discipline, unless advised otherwise by the student. Honours from other institution can also be considered for credit (subject to approval upon the receipt of the credit application).

Credit may be given at the discretion of the Faculty for previous postgraduate or honours level study, or alternative achievements by students in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.

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