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Master of Social Research Methods
Master of Social Research Methods

Master of Social Research Methods

  • ID:UWA610030
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) succesfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Social Research Methods; or

(2)(a) completed a Graduate Certificate Social Research Methods or Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods at UWA.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

A social research degree is the perfect capstone to any undergraduate degree or the ideal complement for professionals working across fields that use information about people. This course delivers highly transferable social research skills using a hands-on approach, giving you the skills to understand, and generate solutions to, pressing social questions. It also provides skills needed to prepare and present research findings in ways that have an impact. You'll gain an advanced understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, research ethics, budgeting and evaluation, as well as the skills to conduct and present research. You'll also obtain first-hand experience in understanding, critiquing and undertaking social research and writing up results, including crafting a research project.


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Course structure details

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.


Students without a completed bachelor's degree consisting of a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty, must complete conversion units to the value of 24 points as prescribed by the Faculty.


Take all units (24 points):

  • ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations (6)

  • SOCS5003 Research Design (6)

  • SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics (6)

  • SOCS5501 Evaluation (6)

Option - Group A

Dissertation students take all units from this group (18 points):

  • SOCS5551 Master's Dissertation Part 1 (6)

  • SOCS5552 Master's Dissertation Part 2 (6)

  • SOCS5553 Master's Dissertation Part 3 (6)

Option - Group B

Coursework students take units to the value of 48 points. Dissertation students take units to the value of 30 points.

  • AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics (6)

  • ANTH4101 Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups (6)

  • COMM4105 Research Methods in Media and Communication (6)

  • COMM5200 Digital Advocacy (6)

  • COMM5701 Strategic Communications in a Digital Era (6)

  • EDUC5633 Educational Research Analysis (6)

  • ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications (6)

  • PUBH4401 Biostatistics I (6)

  • SCIE4481 Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science (6)

  • SOCS5001 Engaging Cultural Difference (6)

  • SOCS5002 Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography (6)

  • SOCS5004 Engaging Gender (6)

  • SOCS5009 Innovative Social Research Methods (6)

  • SOCS5301 Researching the Past (6)

  • WILG5001 Professional Development Practicum A (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This course can lead to exciting careers in a range of sectors including industry, community, government, NGO and more. It is relevant for work in all areas related to business, sociology, anthropology, political science, archaeology, linguistics, communications, geography, psychology, education, community development, history, public health, tourism and other social sciences.

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OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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