Thesis requirements

Information on theses in Languages Other Than English (LOTE), early submission of the thesis, and grade requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy (Arts)

Information about thesis requirements and examination can be found on the Graduate Research Hub Preparing my thesis and Examination overview web pages.

Master of Arts

The Graduate Research Examinations Team administers the generic Masters by Research examination guidelines but follow the course requirements for the Master of Arts students, including word length requirements.

The Melbourne School of Graduate Research (MSGR) administers the generic masters examinations. The requirements for submission and examination of Master of Arts theses are available from the Graduate Research Hub Examination and Submitting my thesis web pages.

Enquiries should be emailed to Graduate Research Examinations.

Course outlines

Masters by research programs are available in three forms:

  • By thesis only (30,000 words), OR
  • By advanced seminars and shorter thesis (seminars: total of 10,000-12,000 words; thesis: 20,000-22,000 words)
  • By thesis and creative work (Master of Arts (Creative Writing)

Candidates undertaking a masters degree by thesis only, or by advanced seminars and shorter thesis, or by thesis and Creative work in the Faculty of Arts must achieve an average of H3 (65%) or higher in their results in order to qualify for the award. This requirement means that the thesis must be graded at H3 level or above, and that the average across the coursework component (where applicable) must be at H2B level or higher.

Thesis in Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

It is expected that a graduate of the University of Melbourne will be able to engage in academic discourse in English. Therefore a research Masters thesis will normally be written in English. At the same time the Faculty seeks to encourage the acquisition of appropriate levels of linguistic and cultural competencies necessary for research of international distinction. Consequently, if a candidate wishes to write a thesis in another language, an application can be made to the Faculty's Research and Research Training Committee at an early stage in the candidature. The Committee will consider such an application if the source material and readership are primarily in that language or the thesis is concerned with the study of language. Where permission is granted, a summary of the thesis (approximately 2,500 words) in English should be bound in the thesis.

Requests should be emailed to Arts Graduate Research Team in the first instance.

Early submission of the thesis

Provided a student's school and supervisor give their support, and provided that the student has met the condition of one year's full-time study (or equivalent part-time study), a student may then apply in writing to submit a thesis in advance of the 18-month full-time timeline. A student requesting early submission of the thesis for examination should request (in writing) permission to submit the thesis early.

The request should include the proposed submission date and should include a supporting letter from the supervisor and Head of School. The request should be emailed to Arts Graduate Research Team and will then be referred to the Associate Dean (Research and Research Training) for consideration.

Grade requirements

Masters by Research candidates should note that the Faculty of Arts require an average of H2B (70%) or above in order to qualify for the award.