Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Combination of Online and Face to Face, Online
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.
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.
The Master of Studies program is anchored by four core courses that will provide a foundation for you to design your own academic journey.
Complex problems are characterised by interconnectedness, unpredictability and uncertainty and have the potential to continually evolve and change. In this course, you will gain an understanding of complex problems such as climate change, population, health, global financial system stability and maintaining robust democracies.
Become an independent and autonomous critical thinker. Critical thinking is more than a set of skills, it involves the cultivation of a critical dialogue between one's life experiences and the diverse theoretical traditions that have sought to give answers to the questions of what it is to know and think critically, and how we situate the thinking-subject.
Learn strategies to foster creative thinking. Understand the strategies and practices in creative thinking and how creative processes are employed.
Become an ethnographer of your own learning and develop your academic and communication practices across discipline
Once you complete the core courses, the remaining eight courses are selected by you. To start putting your degree together, review the specialisation below and then visit the program handbook for full course details.
You can 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 can choose to develop your own around a concept or complex problem such as ‘leadership’ or ‘climate change’.
*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.
If you’re not sure what you want to study, our program convenor is here throughout your journey to discuss your options and provide support along the way.Create your own degree
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
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.
Your unparalleled access to our postgraduate offerings gives you the opportunity to design a curriculum 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:
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.