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Master of Social Research

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Meet the growing demand for expertise in high-level social research methods with a degree from one of the world’s leading centres for training in demography and social research.

A Master of Social Research from the ANU Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI) will equip you with the practical skills to conduct, commission and evaluate research in the social sciences.

The program’s expert teaching staff are active practitioners who can draw upon their wealth of local and international experience, and their connections with government departments.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of Social Research will advance your career working in local, state and federal government departments, international government and statistical agencies, universities, consulting companies, banks, local and international aid agencies, and multilateral organisations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Summarise and critically review key studies in a particular substantive area of research
  2. Use theory to formulate social research questions and hypotheses
  3. Construct and critically assess quantitative and qualitative social research designs
  4. Identify the key stages of the social research project, how the components within each phase fit together, and be able to apply this knowledge to real-world research projects
  5. Undertake basic statistical analysis appropriate for answering a stated research question
  6. Present and interpret basic statistical research results

Further Information

  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

 

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

 

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Law (social fields: family, migration, education, health), Marketing, Media and Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$25,728.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$36,720.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Social Research requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DEMO8082 Social Research Practice

SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists

 

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research

SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research

 

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH6009 Culture and Development

ANTH6025 Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

CHMD8001 Directed Readings in Culture, Health and Medicine

CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research

CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine

DEMO8091 Population Projections and Dynamics

HUMN6001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects

IDEC8003 Issues in Development Policy

IDEC8026 Quantitative Policy Impact Evaluation

POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy

POPH8100 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

STAT8002 Applied Time Series Analysis

 

Either:

24 units from completion the Social Research Methods specialisation:

 

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis

DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives

DEMO8047 International Migration

DEMO8048 Gender and Population

DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

DEMO8090 Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis

SOCR8004 Special Topic in Social Research

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods

SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research

SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research

SOCY6066 Social Science of the Internet

 

Or:

36 units from completion of the following courses:

DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis

DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives

DEMO8047 International Migration

DEMO8048 Gender and Population

DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

DEMO8090 Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis

SOCR8004 Special Topic in Social Research

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods

SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research

SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research

SOCY6066 Social Science of the Internet

 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Specialisations

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