Would you like to earn two Master degrees at the same time? By undertaking this double degree in the complementary disciplines of Arts and Social Sciences, you will broaden your knowledge over two years of study. You will substantially extend and deepen your existing skills, knowledge and understanding in professionally relevant areas of study and learn advanced skills in analytical thinking and research. When you study a Master of Arts and Social Sciences (Combined), you will graduate with two degrees under their specialist names, for example: Master of Journalism and Communication plus a Master of International Relations.

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Why choose this degree?

This double degree will interest anyone who wants their breadth of knowledge and high-level skills to set them apart from others in their career.

Who should choose this degree?

Students wanting to combine two complementary disciplines over two years of study will choose this double degree.

Degree Structure

The Master of Arts and Social Sciences (Combined) consists of 96 units of credit, offered in the two specified postgraduate coursework programs.

What can you study?

Your double master's degree allows you to choose a combination of any two 48 units of credit, or 1 year plans, of the postgraduate programs listed below, with the exception of those specified in the exclusion list.


The following combination is excluded:

  • Master of Development Studies in International Development / Master of Development Studies in Refugees and Displacement
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Career Opportunities

Your breadth of knowledge and advanced skills in analytical thinking and research will set you apart from other candidates

Entry requirements

A recognised Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) and requirements specific to the individual Master (one year, 48 UOC) programs chosen.

Students from a non-211 university in China are now required to have a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW distinction average (75%).

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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