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
not available in 2020
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

Note: This course is not available in 2020.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2020;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

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):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
Incompatibility:
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
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.
up to 30 hours
N/ASOCS5005Social Research Ethics
24 hours—taught intensively and may include evening and/or Saturday classes
NSSOCS5501Evaluation
Taught intensively over 6 weeks (second half of S1),

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 requirementsContact hours
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.
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
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.
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
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.
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group

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

Note: Students choosing to undertake a quantitative methods unit can select either PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or EDUC5633 Quantitative Inquiry.

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Incompatibility:
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
S1COMM4105Research Methods in Media and Communication
seminars: up to 3 hrs per week for 11 weeks
NSCOMM5701Strategic Communications in a Digital Era
up to 24 hours
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
25 hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
N/AHUMA5801Analysis and Interpretation in the Humanities
3 hours per teaching week
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks—theory is provided by the unit coordinators and guest speakers; tutorials: 2 hour per week for 12 weeks—students present cases of bogus and corrupted science in classes, discuss further the material covered in the seminars, and are asked to support their learning with examples of their choice, thus guaranteeing a multidisciplinary flavour to this unit. The advanced academic training and research experience required of the postgraduate and honours students attending this unit provide the grounds for scholarly and informed discussions during the tutorials.
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
lectures and workshops: up to 3 hours per week; or intensively (12 x 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)
S2SOCS5002Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
Incompatibility:
ANTH3001 Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
up to 3 hours per week
N/ASOCS5004Engaging Gender
3 hours per week
N/ASOCS5009Innovative Social Research Methods
up to 3 hours per week
SSSOCS5200Digital Advocacy
1 week (30 hours) intensive split between lectures (15 hours) and practical training (15 hours); project workshops: 4 x 1 hour; final workshop: 8 hours. Summer: delivered intensively.
S1SOCS5301Researching the Past
Incompatibility:
HIST2220 Making History, HIST3001 Making History
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week; field trips: up to 3 x 2 hours
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

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

Rules

Note: This course is not available in 2020.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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 which is calculated based on—

(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.