School of Arts

Postgraduate Research Information

Welcome to the School of Arts Postgraduate Program. On this page you will find various information and links that may assist you during your time with us. If you are unable to find the relevant information on this site to assist with your enquiry, please contact the Academic Support Officer (ASO) within your cluster (as listed below). For a full overview of the regulations pertaining to your candidature, please consult the Graduate Research Degree Regulations

We wish you a rewarding and productive time in the School of Arts!

ASO Contact Information

For enquiries and support, please contact your relevant Academic Support Officer via .

Some Useful Information:

Maintenance Funding for research costs including travel

If you are enrolled in the PhD, DIT degrees you are entitled to claim up to $2100 over the period of your candidature to cover such things as photocopying, inter-library loans, data collection and fieldwork. For postgraduates enrolled in the Master of Arts (Media, Communication & Culture) the amount you are entitled to is $1000, and for those enrolled in the MPhil, MLaws or Master (by Research) the amount is $1100.

All Arts research students will need to see the ASO within the School Office to claim your funds or to request information concerning expenditure or the remaining balance of their funds.

Access to these maintenance funds is restricted as follows:

  • Restricted to a maximum of $500 until the Programme of Study is approved, and not more than $1,000 in the first year or part-time equivalent.
  • Funds are not available during a period of candidature suspension Funds are not available after the submission date, excepting thesis production costs
  • The funds are available for general research expenditure, including:
  • Photocopying
  • Books
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Business cards
  • Conference top-up costs
  • Fieldwork expenditure
  • Specialist software – Please see the IT Helpdesk BEFORE purchasing any software
  • Minor Equipment, network cards etc. less than $1000
  • ISC expenditure for RMT students provided the ISC work relates to the research being undertaken for the dissertation
  • Transcribing
  • Thesis editing, proofreading, copying and binding
  • Murdoch internet access costs (Student quota)

The funds are not available for

  • Computer purchases
  • Amenities fees
  • Meals during fieldwork or conference travel
  • Parking Fees and Fines
  • Library fines
  • Course work fees

Conference Travel Funding

Additional conference travel funding may be available by application to the Graduate Research Office:

Enquiries: 9360 6297 or

Academic Calendar

In the Academic Year Calendar you can see an overview of the structure of the academic year in relation to public holidays, school terms and so on.

Each week in an academic period is numbered, commencing with the first week of teaching, continuing through subsequent weeks including study breaks, and ending with the last week of the assessment period. Monday is considered the beginning of a new week.

Weeks are shown for all of the standard teaching periods except:

  • the Full Year (Y) teaching period, which is standard Semester 1 followed by standard Semester 2, and
  • the Straddle (H) teaching period, which is standard Semester 2 followed by standard Semester 1.

This information can be seen in an alternative format in the Handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for Postgraduate Research can be found here