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This course will be discontinued on 1 July 2017. If you want to apply for a research masters, we encourage you to apply for our transdisciplinary Master of Philosophy.


  • Conduct sustained research under supervision leading typically to a thesis of approximately 30,000 words.
  • Opportunities may be available for coursework focusing on approach, methodology, research resources and project design.
QUT course code KK51
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2017 & 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
CRICOS code 046055E


The Creative Industries Faculty is a national leader in media, communication and cultural research with top rankings in both national Excellence in Research for Australia quality assessment rounds.

The Master of Arts (Research) course offers you the opportunity to conduct sustained research under supervision in any discipline or field in the Creative Industries Faculty leading typically to a thesis of approximately 30,000 words. Coursework focusing on approach, methodology, research resources and project design may also be required.

This course builds on previous undergraduate or honours qualifications or equivalent professional experience and may be preparation for careers in research-oriented and policy-focused roles. 



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This course is a three semester or 18 month program (full-time equivalent), usually comprising of 12 credit points of core coursework and up to 24 credit points of optional electives, with the remainder of the program culminating in submission of a research thesis.

Research component

The research component is undertaken as a research thesis of 30 000 words.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised bachelor honours degree including a major relevant to the intended area of study; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent) including a major relevant to the intended area of study with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) and relevant professional and/ or research experience as determined by Faculty.

Research proposals must be submitted with your application. Proposed research projects are subject to supervisor availability and resources available within the faculty to support the proposed research topic.

Application Guide

Applicants are asked to nominate a supervisor and topic when submitting a formal application. An application is likely to be more successful where a supervisor and topic are well matched.

Applicants should ensure that there is a genuine fit with the potential supervisor's research interests by looking at the interests of the researchers within the relevant school as described on the QUT Creative Industries Faculty website. Applicants are encouraged to contact the postgraduate research enquiries team for assistance at (

This contact should include a transcript of academic records, the topic area which you wish to study, the school in which you wish to undertake your research, and if known, the name of a potential supervisor. The HDR Admissions Officer may ask you for further information to assist with your enquiry. The information will be passed onto the nominated (or relevant) school or supervisor.

Faculty Research Contact


Telephone: +61 (7) 3138 8114

QUT Creative Industries Faculty
Musk Ave
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

Application Submission

You can submit  an application using the FR Form. Applications can be emailed to QUT Admissions ( Applications must include all supporting documentations including your detailed research proposal.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2018: $28100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2017: $27000 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Master of Arts (Research)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Looked at our research areas
  2. Selected your degree
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked if you're eligible for a scholarship
  5. Agreed on a supervisor with your faculty
  6. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  7. Written your research proposal
  8. Gathered your supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Submit your application

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