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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

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Criminology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Marketing, Media and Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology

English Language Requirement

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$28,320.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$40,416.00

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
SOCR8201 Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data

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
SOCR8202 Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy
SOCR8203 Advanced Techniques in the Creation of Social Science Data
SOCR8204 Advanced Social Science Approaches to Inform Policy Development and Service Delivery
 

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
SOCR8201 Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data
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
SOCR8201 Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data
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.

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