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The award

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time, online

Course starts

International course fees
AUD 30450 per year

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About Master of Studies at University of Newcastle, Australia

The Master of Studies is an opportunity to design a curriculum that is meaningful to you and your career.

This program is one of the first qualifications of its kind in Australia. It's designed for the curious. The leaders. The movers and the shakers.  Those that challenge the status-quo. The innovators and the collaborators seeking solutions.

The Master of Studies is anchored by four core courses that provide a foundation for you to design your own academic journey. From there, you can create your own degree with around 250 courses to choose from. You are supported and entrusted by the university to put together your own, individual combination of courses, with nearly 250 trillion combinations to choose from!

This masters program takes a unique approach to personal and professional development. Teaching you to see the world through new eyes and be strategic in your thinking, the program actively encourages appreciation of holistic approaches to understanding and to problem-solving, preparing you to generate new solutions to existing problems - and the challenges of the future.

What will you study?

If you're not entirely sure what you want to study, Dr Bonnie McBain, the program convenor, is here throughout your journey to discuss your options and provide support along the way. Once you complete the core courses, the remaining eight courses are selected by you. Students in the Master of Studies may choose to specialise in zero, one or two areas. For a specialisation, simply select 40 units (usually four 10 unit courses) from a discipline area.

Below are specialisations we have pre-determined, but you are also welcome to develop your own specialisation around a concept or complex problem such as 'leadership' or 'climate change'. 

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • 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 in Education
  • 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*

*Specialise in Transdisciplinary Research to find solutions for complex real-world problems. This specialisation is part of a pathway to PhD studies.

Specialisations are noted on graduates' transcripts, meaning your qualification will carry the evidence of deeper engagement with unique combinations of expert knowledge and skills.

Is it for you?

The world and its inhabitants are becoming increasingly globalised and digitalised. A new world of possibility is opening up at rapid speed, and there are career opportunities that don't even exist yet. If you're the kind of person that enjoys analysing future trends and tackling complex challenges, your insatiable curiosity makes you an invaluable commodity in the ever-evolving workplaces of today and the future. A Master of Studies is a postgraduate qualification that will help fuel and funnel that curiosity to help affect positive change in your workplace, community and the world at large.

You have some pretty unique and diverse skills and your job description is constantly evolving. You might identify with some of the following skills:

  • Do you work in a rapidly changing industry?
  • Are you good at solving complex problems?
  • Maybe you have diverse interests and don't want to settle for one specialisation or discipline?

This program focuses on developing the top employability skills that employer's desire, while making you agile, adaptive and prepared for anything that life may throw your way.


We produce graduates with flexible knowledge that employers' desire. Your agility, adaptability and preparedness for anything that life may throw your way makes you an invaluable employee with strong leadership and development potential. You will graduate with sophisticated critical and creative thinking capacity and advanced research and communication skills necessary to excel in a range of contexts.

You will have unparalleled access to the breadth of University of Newcastle's postgraduate offerings, and you have the opportunity to design a curriculum that is meaningful to you and your career. You'll graduate with a unique combination of high-level knowledge and expertise to develop your career, perhaps in industries and roles that do not even yet exist.

Here are some examples of possible combinations:

  • Digital Media, Environmental Management and Built Environment to prepare students to work in Sustainable Urban Planning;
  • Applied Linguistics, Public Health and Marketing for a role in Multicultural Health Communications;
  • Nursing, Social Change and Development and Project and Property Management to tackle problems in International Aid;
  • Public Health, Information Technology and Business Administration for a career managing technology and change in Health Administration; and
  • Economics, Family Studies and Psychology to prepare students for a career as Government Policy Officer.

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 provides a pathway to doctoral study.

If you have an idea of what you may want to study but are not sure, please feel free to contact Dr Bonnie McBain, the program convenor. She would be happy to discuss your options with you. 

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMasterHow you will studyFull-time, OnlineHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsFebruaryDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesAUD 30450 per year

Entry requirements

Direct entry to the MSt Program (120 units) may be available for applicants who have at a minimum:

  • 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.

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