Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods

Social research methods skills are vital across a range of disciplines. This course forms part of the Master of Social Research Methods, which introduces students to key concepts in social science research methods and offers them the opportunity to develop their skills through application.

The 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 develop funding proposals. Examples of research from sociology, anthropology, political science, archaeology, linguistics, communications, geography, psychology, education, community development, tourism and other social sciences are used to illustrate research strategies.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate diploma
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar and Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
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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 2019;
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 2020 or 2021.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
NSSOCS5003Research Design
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.
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
NSCOMM5701Strategic Communications in a Digital Era
N/AEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
N/AHUMA5801Analysis and Interpretation in the Humanities
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
N/ASOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
S2SOCS5002Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
ANTH3001 Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
S1SOCS5004Engaging Gender
N/ASOCS5009Innovative Social Research Methods
SSSOCS5200Digital Advocacy
S1SOCS5301Researching the Past
HIST2220 Making History, HIST3001 Making History

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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;


(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Diploma in 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 48 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 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. This rule is not applicable to this course.