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2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
August 2022
Master of Arts

About this program

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is a flexible, postgraduate degree that allows you to undertake a bespoke research project on a topic of your choice. It will equip you with deep knowledge to bolster your CV, demonstrate your expertise and prepare you for a PhD should you wish to continue your studies.

At CDU, you can choose a research topic that aligns with one of the following focus areas:

  • Cultural and creative research
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Indigenous policy development
  • Indigenous engagement
  • Yolgnu languages and culture

You'll benefit from access to an expert, dedicated research supervisor, who will support you to think critically and creatively. You'll be guided to shape a research thesis or piece of coursework that is unique, carefully considered and robust in its findings.

In a world where opinions are rife, but facts and considered thought may not be, your ability to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and information will set you apart.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's degree, or equivalent international qualification.

International entry pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Units

  • Research Methods 1
  • Research Methods 2

Specialist Electives A

Cultural and Creative Research

  • Master Thesis
  • Master Thesis
  • Master Thesis
  • Research Exegesis

Indigenous Research Methodologies

  • Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice

Indigenous Policy Development

  • Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development
  • Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
  • Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology
  • Master Thesis

Indigenous Engagement

  • Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Colonised Australia
  • Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
  • Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
  • Master Thesis

Yolngu Languages and Culture

  • Yolngu Languages and Culture 1
  • Yolngu Languages and Culture 2
  • Master Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: $32,008.00




This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

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Charles Darwin University

Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

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