Program Overview

Contribute in your discipline

Our Master of Arts challenges you to think, perform and grow to new levels. You’ll develop specialised knowledge in your field of study and advanced research and communication skills. A master will also give you a competitive edge in community and Arts careers around the globe.

What will you do?

  • Take 12 units worth of core courses in your chosen discipline.
  • Work in close contact with research active academics.
  • Benefit from small group learning.
  • Intern in an organisation tied to your career aspirations.
  • Apply and share your learning in a capstone thesis.

The program currently offers specialisations in:

  • Creative Practice in Music (extension pathway only 1.5 years) 
  • Environmental Studies 
  • History


  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 39,500


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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The Master of Arts uses a variety of teaching approaches, from face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops to blended learning. Small group learning and regular close contact with research active academics are embedded across the program.

Students complete 12 units worth of core courses in their chosen discipline, and a capstone thesis also worth 12 units, which allows students to pursue their interests in greater depth.

Unique to this degree is a 6 unit internship that provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an organisation related to their career aspirations. Students take elective courses from outside of their discipline area to develop cross-disciplinary thinking and the ability to apply it to solve complex problems.

Areas of Specialisation

Creative Practice in Music (SATAC code 3CM210)

The Creative Practice in Music specialisation in the Master of Arts will equip students with practical, theoretical and conceptual tools to enter the world of music in the 21st century as a creative artist. This program focuses on the use of digital technology across the fields of sonic art, sound design and composition, including the application to contemporary media such as film and games. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of different approaches, both individual and collaborative, and styles from popular to experimental, in compiling a professional portfolio of creative work.

Graduates from the Creative Practice in Music stream have various performance opportunities in public and private practice, and often undertake teaching in the private studio.

When applying for this specialisation, you will need to show evidence of having a Bachelor degree or equivalent with a substantial Music component OR a Bachelor degree or equivalent plus demonstrated musical experience. A substantial Music component means either a music degree, or another degree with a major in music, for example a teaching degree. Demonstrated music experience means several years of experience in performing and/or teaching and/or creating music. This should be documented in your application. 

All applicants will complete an audition or interview (online or in person)

Environmental Studies (SATAC code 3CM211)

The Master of Arts specialisation in Environmental Studies will help you to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of environmental policy, planning and governance. Managing environmental problems increasingly entails a new set of approaches, including government, public-private partnerships, economic tools and incentives, democratic decentralisation, and risk management.

Potential applicants may take this more integrated learning stream, or focus more directly on environmental policy and management issues within the specialist program Master of Environmental Policy and Management.

Graduates from the Environmental Studies stream can take up senior policy roles in government and a variety of roles in environmental management for government agencies, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

History (SATAC code TBA)

The world is changing rapidly, but many of the things we are dealing with – technological transformation, environmental disaster, political contest, new media, global exchange – have happened to other generations. History never repeats itself, but the past informs how we think about current events, our identities and families, and the future. Historians study the world in its complexity, looking at how society, economy, technology, media, medicine, family and identity inform and shape each other.

This specialisation offers access to cutting-edge research in history, ensuring you are equipped to use archives and their materials, as well as a broad range of data collection and production techniques. With several family history options, you can deepen your skills in genealogy and family history, and to place your own family into historical context. You'll see what others haven’t noticed; address complex and real-world problems; more effectively understand how data is produced and what difference that makes; and make strong decisions for the future.

Additional Entry Requirements    

Specialisation: Creative Practice in Music

International students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to submit a recorded audition. Auditions must address the criteria specific to the applicant's instrument/area of study. For information regarding audition requirements.Applicants who are living in Adelaide may be asked to attend an in-person audition, off-shore auditions may be available in selected locations.

English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide    

Overall 6.5

Overall 79    

Indicative annual tuition fees

Potential careers

Accompanist, Administrative Assistant, Band Musician, Ministerial Adviser, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Teacher, Musician, Natural Resource Planner, Classroom Music Teacher, Non Government Organisation Worker, Parliamentary Adviser, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Public Servant, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Economist, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Resource Management, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker, Intelligence Officer, ...

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