Master of Social Research Methods (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Social research methods skills are vital across a range of disciplines. This interdisciplinary master's degree course, and nested graduate certificate and graduate diploma, introduces students to key concepts in social research methods and offers them the opportunity to develop their skills through application.

This course provides students with an advanced understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques used in the social sciences, from action research to surveys, to more innovative methods such as photovoice. It also covers the range of methodological approaches and ethical considerations. Students obtain first-hand experience with some of the methods, and learn to understand and critique social research. They also learn how to craft a research project, and how to identify sources of funding and write and submit funding proposals. Examples of research from sociology, anthropology, political science, archaeology, linguistics, history, communications, geography, psychology, education, community development, tourism and other social sciences are used to illustrate research strategies.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Social Research Methods (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MSocResMeths
Course code
12560
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
084024G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

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 (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
Incompatibility:
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
S2SOCS5002Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
Incompatibility:
ANTH3001
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
N/ASOCS5004Engaging Gender
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics
S2SOCS5009Innovative Social Research Methods
NSSOCS5501Evaluation

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

Note: Students must have achieved 70% in SOCS5003 Research Design to be eligible to undertake the following dissertation units.
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation 3
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.

Coursework students take units to the value of 24 points. Dissertation students take units to the value of 6 points.

Note: Students choosing to undertake a quantitative methods unit can select either PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or EDUC5633 Quantitative Inquiry.
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Incompatibility:
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
S2ANTH4104Knowing Social Realities: Empirical Explorations
Incompatibility:
ANTH7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Anthropology)
N/AASIA4102Issues in Researching Asia
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation; for students in Social Research Methods: nil
Incompatibility:
ASIA4106 Issues in Researching Asia A
S1COMM4105Research Methods in Media and Communication
NSCOMM5701Strategic Communications in a Digital Era
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
N/AHUMA5801Analysis and Interpretation in the Humanities
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 credit points in the Master of International Journalism or Master of International Relations or Master of Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Heritage Studies or Master of Professional Archaeology or Master of International Development or double award Master of International Law and Master of International Relations or Master of Public Policy or Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies or Master of Asian Studies
SSSOCS5200Digital Advocacy
Prerequisites:
24 credits at Level 5
S1SOCS5301Researching the Past
Incompatibility:
HIST2220 Making History, HIST3001 Making History

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods or Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12260 Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods (24 points)
  • 12360 Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods (48 points)
  • 12560 Master of Social Research Methods (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Social Research Methods course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelors degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Credit

13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course for units up to a total value of 24 points in the case of students who have completed a relevant honours degree as recognised by the Faculty.