Higher degree by research
The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is recognised globally for its academic excellence in the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. In Australia, there is simply no better place to study the humanities, social sciences and creative arts (QS World University Rankings 2015).
Areas of research
Graduate research degrees are offered across a broad range of disciplines.
- Arab and Islamic Studies
- Arts (Visual and Digital)
- Art History and Curatorial Studies
- Biographical Research and Writing
- Biological Anthropology
- Demography and Social Research
- Digital Humanities
- Forensic Anthropology
- Gender, Sexuality and Culture
- Indigenous Australian Studies
- Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Studies
- Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Literary Studies
- Museums, collection and heritage
- Political Science and International Relations
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students normally spend a minimum of three years at ANU, while part-time students spend up to six years. Candidates are normally required to submit a thesis of no more than 100,000 words and must meet the internationally recognised standard for the degree in the relevant discipline.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) are designed for students who require an advanced research qualification, but who want a shorter degree program than the PhD. The MPhil program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. It usually takes students between one and two years full-time, or between two and four years part-time, to complete. Candidates are normally required to submit a thesis of no more than 60,000 words and must meet the internationally recognised standard for the degree in the relevant discipline.
CASS requires research students to complete coursework as part of their degree. This will include training on research methods, ethics and other topics as deemed appropriate by your supervisory panel.
Finding a supervisor
Identifying a potential primary supervisor is an important part of your graduate research application. Browse the ANU Researchers database to find and contact a potential supervisor to support your application. In most cases the School or Centre location of your potential supervisor will determine which School or Centre within CASS you will reside in. Please note, that once you have found a potential supervisor, any offer of supervision will be subject to you being formally offered admission to the program and meeting any conditions (if applicable).
A range of graduate research scholarships are available for PhD students. Applications for scholarships for international students close on 31 August each year, and applications for scholarships for domestic students are open until 31 October each year.
Find out more about applying for an MPhil or PhD in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
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