The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face, Online


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Program code: 40031

Create your own degree

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.

Why study with us?

  • Create your own degree - 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.
  • Fast-track your career - this degree will increase your professional capacity making you highly employable. With enhanced capabilities you will stand out at the forefront of the professional industry.
  • Flexible study options - our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.
#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction

What you will study

Core Courses

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’.

  • 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.

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.

Career opportunities

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:

  • 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 a government policy officer.

Study a PhD

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.