Research Degrees (MA and PhD)

Research degrees involve original research leading to the award of either an MA (Master of Arts) or a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). The Master of Arts normally takes two years, while the PhD involves a more comprehensive piece of research and normally takes three years. The traditional research project normally culminates in a written thesis. Flinders University also offers the option in both degrees for the thesis to be comprised of a creative work and an associated exegesis. For further information on research Higher Degrees with Creative Component see  (DOCX 27KB)

Students applying to undertake a research degree should be able to demonstrate their capacity to produce an extended piece of intellectual writing.  Applicants will be considered on the basis of their academic records and/or equivalent professional experience. 

For an application to be accepted, the research proposal should be relevant to the professional expertise of one or more supervisors within the department of Screen and Media.  Please see Staff for information about current research specialisations.  Please see Postgraduates Research Projects for postgraduate research currently underway in the department.

Applications for postgraduate study are accepted at any time during the calendar year. Scholarships, however, have fixed deadlines. Information about Research Higher Degrees, How to Apply, and Scholarships is available here

Students undertaking research degrees are eligible to apply for Scholarships, including Australian Postgraduate Awards and Flinders University Research Scholarships. They may also be eligible for fee remission.

For more information about admissions procedures and scholarships, please see Research Higher Degrees and follow the links.

To make enquiries directly to the Screen and Media department, contact Karen Vered, Screen and Media Postgraduate Coordinator (Research).

Postgraduate students seeking help with technical matters relating to their candidature should contact the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.


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