Master of Arts and Social Sciences (Research)

Express your creativity and give back to the community

Do you have more to offer in your field? Are you keen to broaden your inquisitive nature and contribute significant research to the arts, humanities, or social sciences?

At Southern Cross University, our Master of Arts and Social Sciences expands your research in social policy, social welfare, history, politics, communication, cultural studies, and more. You can also produce original creative works in the areas of new media, visual arts, music, and creative writing. Masters of Arts may produce a multi-modal output, combining creative work/s and academic thesis or exegesis.

Supervised by the distinguished researchers in Southern Cross University's Faculty of Business, Law and Arts or Faculty of Health, students will join a vibrant and multidisciplinary learning community.

Community-engaged research is key as students team up with community organisations and local businesses around issues such as food security, homelessness, and creative arts.

Academic staff in the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

Meet your supervisors

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In 2019, the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts published and exhibited more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, reports and creative works. Articles published in The Conversation reached more than 70,000 people. The Faculty also presented at more than 20 conferences, symposia and public talks in Australia and overseas.


FacultyDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
Faculty of Business, Law and Arts or Faculty of Health 2 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour 097469E

Associate Professor Michael Charles


Research degrees in the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts or the Faculty of Health generally do not involve coursework, though a coursework program may be defined for a candidate where warranted. The candidate and supervisor work together to decide on a field of research, plan methods of investigation, and where appropriate, data collection. 

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $26,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate School providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, DHDRT and Associate Dean (Research). For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic (or equivalent) equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of the project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the Faculty and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate School, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

Students can explore research in a range of areas, such as:

  • Humanities, including creative writing, poetry, celebrity authors, mental health, social work, cultural and gender studies, international relations, racism studies
  • Media studies, including live audio-visual performance, machine relations, film and politics, media culture
  • Creative and Performing Arts, including contemporary singing, and/or instrumental performance, composition, music education, music production, musicology, new media, and computer music, visual arts
  • Social Sciences, including social policy, aged care, LGBTI studies, social inclusion, child protection, child abuse in sport, social policy, identity.

The Faculty of Business, Law and Arts is home to two research clusters that place strong focus on social and environmental issues. These are:

  • Diverse and inclusive communities
  • Environmental arts and humanities

Contact the Graduate School


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