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Why study graduate coursework at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences?

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers postgraduate coursework degrees in over 20 disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences. We partner with the national cultural institutions and provide opportunities for students to network with leading practitioners, attend seminars and participate in internships and fieldwork.

A postgraduate degree can help you explore your areas of interest and further your career or change career direction.

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Facilities and support services

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers:

  • academic staff with international research reputations, including 39 members of one, or both, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, and three Fellows of the British Academy and four ARC Federation Fellows
  • access to 9 libraries which postgraduate students can access with the ability to borrow 40 items at any one time.
  • access to more than two million volumes in the ANU Library and the vast holdings of the National Library of Australia
  • access to a wealth of electronic and traditional resources
  • each graduate field of study has a cohort of academics that meet regularly to induct students, provide graduate training in their specific fields, conduct staff and student seminars and master classes, and provide opportunities for collaborative work on grants and other projects
  • support for students throughout their studies through the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)
  • on-campus and off-campus graduate accommodation

Study options

The College offers four types of graduate coursework programs:  Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master degree and Master (research) degree.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

A Graduate Certificates can provide you with new skills and knowledge in a discipline in which you have not previously studied. Typically a Graduate Certificate takes students one semester full-time (or equivalent) to complete, and provides a pathway into a Graduate Diploma and/or Master degree.

MASTER DEGREE

Master degrees build on the knowledge developed through undergraduate and Honours degrees, as well as relevant work experience. The Master degrees, which often range from one to two years of full-time (or equivalent) study, allow you to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in specific areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

MASTER (RESEARCH) DEGREE

An additional research component is available with many Master degree programs in the College. This can allow you to extend your research skills, and may provide a pathway into a higher degree by research. This research adds one semester of full-time study (or equivalent) to your degree.

Internships

A number of postgraduate degrees offered by the College include an internship, such as:

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development internship
Master of Archaeological Science internship
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies internship

Skills and career options

Postgraduate study can help you become an expert in your field and provide you with invaluable skills to take into the next stage of your career.

Some of the skills you can develop are:

  • ability for research at a highly analytical level
  • ability to show independent thought and show initiative
  • critical and creative thinking
  • problem-solving
  • communicating and presenting
  • time management.

Career opportunities with a postgraduate degree from ANU's College of Arts and Social Science are endless. Examples of sectors postgraduate alumni can enter include:

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Aid work
  • Art production
  • Civil service
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Community management
  • Corporate communications
  • Defence
  • Development
  • Diplomacy
  • Governance
  • Government
  • International affairs
  • Management
  • Media
  • Policy
  • Project management
  • Social services

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Updated:  24 November, 2017/Responsible Officer:  College Dean/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications