Master of Studies

University of Newcastle

The Master of Studies is a unique postgraduate program that lets students build their own degree with around 250 courses to choose from. By building their own degree, students will create a bespoke program that will allow them to explore and learn in a range of academic areas. So they will be better prepared to take advantage of a rapidly changing world. This program fosters highly accomplished generalists with advanced thinking, scholarly and communication practices that are robust across a range of contexts: essential for engaged citizenship and career success in contemporary and future worlds characterised by accelerating rates of change. From there students are entrusted with crafting their own further curriculum, choosing from unrestricted postgraduate courses offered across the University. Students may choose to pursue one or two specialisations.

Course Fee:

Australian: $33,240
International: $52,222

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold a minimum of a three year Bachelor Degree (an AQF level 7 qualification) in any discipline. Applicants with a Bachelor Honours Degree, a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8 qualifications) or above will be given recognition of prior learning towards 40 units of directed or elective courses. Recognition of prior learning and credit will be assessed at admission in accordance with relevant University policies


40 units of core courses, and 80 units of directed courses. Students may be eligible to complete a reduced number directed courses based on previous qualifications and/or experience. Refer to full admission requirements for pathway options.

Subjects you can Study:

Aboriginal studies; Boys' education; Comparative and international education; Computer studies; Digital media studies; Disaster studies; Early childhood education studies; Education studies; Engineering studies; Environmental studies; Health studies; Information systems; Information technology; Language education; Leadership; Linguistics studies; Management studies; Pedagogy studies; Property; Project management in the built environment; Psychological studies; Social change and development; Special education; Teaching Aboriginal studies; Teaching business studies; Teaching geography; Teaching society and culture; Technology and education; Transdisciplinary research

Study Pathways:

The program also offers a PhD pathway - specialise in Transdisciplinary Research (40 units) to delve deeper and create practical solutions to complex contemporary problems, building a research skillset that will prove extremely useful in further doctoral studies.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1.5 years

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For more than 50 years, the University of Newcastle has helped shape over 37,000 students from 114 countries to be some of the world’s greatest thinkers, creators, leaders, innovators and change makers. 

Our commitment to delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life has seen us ranked 207th in the world and a Top 10 university in Australia (QS World University Rankings 2020). 

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