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 title
- Master of Social Research Methods (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2018
- Administered by
- Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
- CRICOS code
- 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
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
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|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):
|S1||ANTH4103||Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations|
|S2||SOCS5001||Engaging Cultural Difference|
|S2||SOCS5002||Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography|
|NS||SOCS5005||Social Research Ethics|
|S2||SOCS5009||Innovative Social Research Methods|
Dissertation students take all units from this group (18 points):
|S1, S2||SOCS5551||Master's Dissertation 1|
|S1, S2||SOCS5552||Master's Dissertation 2|
|S1, S2||SOCS5553||Master's Dissertation 3|
Coursework students take units to the value of 24 points. Dissertation students take units to the value of 6 points.
|S1, S2||AHEA5801||Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics|
|S2||ANTH4101||Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups|
|S2||ANTH4104||Knowing Social Realities: Empirical Explorations|
|S1||COMM4105||Research Methods in Media and Communication|
|NS||COMM5701||Strategic Communications in a Digital Era|
|NS, S2||ENVT4411||Geographic Information Systems Applications|
|N/A||HUMA5801||Analysis and Interpretation in the Humanities|
|S1, S2||PUBH4401||Biostatistics I|
|S2||SCIE4481||Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science|
|NS, S1, S2, SS||SOCS5101||Social Sciences Professional Placement 1|
|S1||SOCS5301||Researching the Past|
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).
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 ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 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.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
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