Postgraduate Coursework

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers 28 postgraduate coursework degrees at Master level, most of which are also offered at Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level. The postgraduate program caters for a range of study interests, whether you’re seeking higher academic qualification in your chosen discipline, a broader, stimulating course of study in a new discipline you’ve always wanted to investigate, or selective, focused non-award study.

You can find further details on our coursework degrees and apply for admission online through Sydney Courses.

For more information on degree requirements, the length of specific degrees and units of study available see the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Handbook.

If you are seeking information on upgrading your degree, or exiting with a shorter award course, please refer to the Current Students website page for guidelines. You can apply to upgrade online through Sydney Student.

Master Degree

One to two years full-time, depending on prior studies or equivalent part-time

Master courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. The length of time it takes to complete a Master course as a full-time student can vary from one to two years, depending on the number of credit points required for the course and, in some cases, on your previous academic history.

Master courses include core or compulsory units of study, electives and a capstone experience such as a dissertation, internship or practical unit - depending on the specific course requirements.

Depending on your prior studies you may not be required to complete the full requirements of the Masters degree.

For more information on degree requirements and the length of specific degrees see the
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Handbook.

Graduate Diploma

One year full-time
Up to three years part-time


A Graduate Diploma requires the satisfactory completion of between 36 and 48 credit points, depending on the requirements of the specific degree. The Graduate Diploma may be undertaken full-time over 1 (one) year, or part-time (up to 3 years). Graduate Diploma courses may include core or compulsory units of study. Candidates who have satisfied the requirements for the award of the Graduate Diploma may apply to upgrade to the Master course in the same sequence, provided that their results are of sufficient merit.

Graduate Certificate

Six months full-time
Up to two years part-time


A Graduate Certificate requires the satisfactory completion of credit points. Graduate Certificate courses may include core or compulsory units of study.

Please note: there is no admission to the Graduate Certificate in Development Studies for international students because the course is only offered on a part time basis.