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Master of Social Research Methods

Course Description


Skillful social researchers are in high demand around the world, as organisations and government alike seek an understanding of public opinion relating to current issues or proposed changes that may affect society.

Course description, features and facilities

As such, a social research degree is the perfect capstone to any undergraduate degree, or the ideal complement to any professional working across fields that use information about people. Some research applications include: how to change unhealthy behaviours; why some groups are seen as deviant; the social patterns of violence; how people are using social media; people’s feelings about immigration; the impact a new business/industry may have; how relationships have changed over time, and, of course, much more.

This course delivers highly transferrable and much sought after social research skills with a ‘hands on’ approach, giving students the skills to find information and solutions to pressing social questions. It also provides the skills needed to prepare and present much needed research findings in ways that have an impact.

Students will gain an advanced understanding of a range of research methods, as well as the skills to conduct and present research. They will obtain first-hand experience in understanding, critiquing and undertaking social research and writing up results, including crafting a research project, understanding the ethical implications, identifying sources of funding and writing funding proposals. As well as core units on methods and ethics, students can take options in cultural/ethnographic research, biostatistics, gender research, social impact assessments, Aboriginal health research, historical research, geographical information systems and much more.


Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (66 points):

NS, OS EDUC5633 Quantitative Inquiry
N/A SOCS5003 Research Design and Resourcing
N/A SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics
N/A SOCS5006 Master of Social Science Research Methods Dissertation (24 points)
N/A SOCS5007 Research Paradigms
N/A SOCS5008 Qualitative Methods and Analysis
N/A SOCS5009 Innovative Social Research Methods
N/A SOCS5501 Evaluation

Take unit(s) to the value of 30 points:

S1, S2 AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
S1 ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia
N/A COMM4104 Strategic Communication
NS ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
NS MGMT5514 Demonstrating Social Impact
NS MGMT5516 Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation
NS MGMT5517 Leadership for Social Impact
S1, S2 PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
N/A SOCS5001 Engaging Cultural Difference
N/A SOCS5002 Ethnography
N/A SOCS5004 Doing Gendered Research

Career opportunities

This course can lead to exciting careers in a range of sectors including industry, community, government, NGO and more. It is relevant for work in all areas related to business, sociology, anthropology, political science, archaeology, linguistics, communications, geography, psychology, education, community development, history, public health, tourism and other social sciences.

Visit the Master of Social Research Methods page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must have a relevant bachelor’s degree of this University, with a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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