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: $29,730
International: $47,362

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

Since our foundation as an independent university in 1965, the University of Newcastle has specialised in delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life. 

Our commitment to equity, performance in innovation and making a global impact has been recognised internationally, with the university being ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings Fact File, 2018). 

The University of Newcastle is home to more than 38,000 enthusiastic individuals from 115 countries around the globe, all looking to bring new to the world.

New approaches to shape tomorrow’s leaders

Our goal is to shape graduates who are more than degree-qualified. 

We deliver degrees that promote real-world experience, facilitate specialised work placements and encourage entrepreneurial opportunities.

From international exchanges that allow you to make your mark on the world stage, to opportunities to create a social enterprise around your passion, we offer a supportive and future-focused learning environment. 

Embedding Work Integrated Learning programs into our degrees allows students to gain real-world, practical experience and establish professional networks during their studies. 

New research with global impact

Our teaching and research staff are leaders in their field. They are here to motivate and inspire future generations of students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. 

The University of Newcastle continues to deliver innovative approaches to research.  The significance of our research is reflected in the Australian Government's Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the university the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, placing us in the top eight Australian universities for research quality well above world standard.

Our world-class research and strong national and international partnerships drives the kind of innovation and discovery that challenges conventional thinking. Our research breaks new ground and changes lives.

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With campus locations in Newcastle (Callaghan), Newcastle CBD, Central Coast, Port Macquarie, Sydney and Singapore, we offer inspiring and innovative environments across all our hubs, ideal for connecting learning and lifestyle. 

The newly opened $95 million NeW Space precinct boasts state-of-the-art facilities, harnessing the latest technologies in teaching to deliver an exceptional student experience. 

Each of our locations provide students with a range of services designed to create a vibrant and dynamic environment for student life. These include cafes and bars, clubs and societies, accommodation, fitness centres, swimming pools, transport, restaurants and more. 

So, whether you are finishing high school this year, changing career direction, or contemplating study for the first time, we are sure you will find your path to new here. 

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