The masters degree is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in Arabic studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) must be attained to qualify for the award of the masters degree.
Students who complete the masters will:
* develop an advanced level of knowledge in a chosen area of interest from within the broad field of Arabic studies which includes Arabic linguistics, modern or classical Arabic literature, Arabic curriculum design, language acquisition, program evaluation and Arab society and civilisation;
* practically apply an appropriate methodological approach to investigating a topic in the field of Arabic studies.
It is expected that a graduate of the University of Melbourne will be able to engage in academic discourse in English. Therefore a research masters thesis will normally be written in English. At the same time the faculty seeks to encourage the acquisition of appropriate levels of linguistic and cultural competencies necessary for research of international distinction. Consequently, if a candidate wishes to write a thesis in another language, an application can be made to the faculty's Research and Graduate Studies Committee at an early stage in the candidature. The committee will consider such an application if the source material and readership are primarily in that language or the thesis is concerned with the study of language. Where permission is granted, a summary of the thesis (approximately 2,500 words) in English should be bound in the thesis.