Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods

Social research methods skills are vital across a range of disciplines. This course introduces students to key concepts in social research methods and offers them the opportunity to develop their skills through application. It provides students with an understanding of the types of research techniques used in the social sciences. It also covers the range of methodological approaches and ethical considerations. Students 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 a range of disciplines are used to illustrate research strategies.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate certificate
not available in 2021
Administered by
Social Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
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
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar and Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
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.

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2021.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2021;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
 SOCS5003Research Design
N/ASOCS5005Social Research Ethics
24 hours—taught intensively and may include evening and/or Saturday classes

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
N/ASOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
lectures and workshops: up to 3 hours per week; or intensively (12 x 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)
N/ASOCS5002Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
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
Taught intensively over 6 weeks (second half of S1),

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


Note: This course is not available in 2021.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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) 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) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Social Research Methods.

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. 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)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

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

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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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. This rule is not applicable to this course.