Information for future students


The usual prerequisite for entry to the ARCSHS postgraduate program is a four year Honours degree with a high level result.

ARCSHS will also consider applicants with a pass degree or diploma where they also have research experience, publications, or a high level of professional practice in the relevant area. Applicants without an Honours degree will be asked to apply for entry into the Master's research degree, before later applying for transfer to a PhD.

Application process

International students should consult the La Trobe University site for International Students as there are issues such as language requirements and degree equivalence to consider.

Prospective students should become familiar with the staff of ARCSHS and their research interests, to find a possible match with their area of interest.

Applicants should then email a short CV and a research project proposal of up to two pages, to the Postgraduate Co-ordinator. These will be circulated to ARCSHS staff to find a supervisor available to supervise the project, if required. This should take no longer than two weeks.

Application for admission to postgraduate work requires that the applicant has discussed the proposed research project with a staff member who confirms an interest and capacity to supervise.

Once this has occurred the applicant needs to complete the 'Application for Masters/Doctoral Candidature and/or Postgraduate Scholarship form' available from This form is for Masters and PhD applications, and for Scholarship applications.

Closing dates

Applications for candidature are welcome all year, however we prefer you to enrol before 31 March.

The closing date for applications for scholarships is 31 October for Australian and New Zealand citizens, and 30 September for all other international applicants.


If you have any queries, please contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinator by emailing or telephoning +61 3 9479 8700.