single degree

Master of Social Research

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Human Geography
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Human Geography

Program Requirements

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

96 units must come from 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses

A minimum of 48 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following Introductory Methods courses:

SOCR8001   Statistics for Social Scientists

SOCR8082   Social Research Practice

SOCR8201   Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data

SOCR8202   Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy

6 units from one of the following research projects courses:

SOCR8002   Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8008 Qualitative data collection

SOCR8009   Quantitative data collection

18 units from completion of Social Research Methods Foundation courses, from any of the following lists:

Quantitative Data Analysis

DEMO8008   Principles of Population Analysis

SOCR8002   Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8009   Quantitative data collection

SOCR8011   Mixed methods social research

Qualitative Data Analysis

POLS8044   Qualitative Research in Politics

SOCR8003   Qualitative Research Analysis

SOCR8008   Qualitative data collection

SOCR8011   Mixed methods social research

Social Research Methods Foundation

SOCR8004   Special Topic in Social Research

SOCR8006   Online Research Methods

24 units from completion of Advanced Methods or Discipline courses from any of the following lists:

Advanced Social Research Methods

DEMO8092   Life Course Analytics

EMET8014   Advanced Econometrics I

SOCR8010   Advanced Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8203   Advanced Techniques in the Creation of Social Science Data

SOCR8204   Advanced Social Science Approaches to Inform Policy Development and Service Delivery

Demographic Analysis

DEMO8024   Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives

DEMO8047   International Migration

DEMO8048   Gender and Population

DEMO8063   Spatial Population Data Analysis

DEMO8088   Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

DEMO8090   Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development

DEMO8091   Population Projections and Dynamics

DEMO8092   Life Course Analytics

Analysing Crime and Justice

CRIM8001   Theories of Crime and Justice

CRIM8002   Cyber-security and Cybercrime

CRIM8003   Transnational and Organised Crime

CRIM8004   White Collar Crime: Fraud, Money Laundering and Corruption

HIST6232   Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas

REGN8001   Methods in Crime, Justice and Regulation

REGN8004   International Criminal Justice

Indigenous Research and Policy

HIST8016   Settler Societies and Indigenous Encounters

INDG8001   Australian Indigenous Development

INDG8003   Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change

INDG8004   Australian Indigenous Policy

Policy Analysis

IDEC8003   Issues in Development Policy

IDEC8026   Quantitative Policy Impact Evaluation

IDEC8088   Cost-Benefit Analysis: Principles and Practice

POGO8025   Social Policy Analysis

POGO8029   Health Policy in a Globalising World

POGO8055   Case Studies in Decision Making

POGO8084   Principles of Social Policy

POGO8210   Case Studies in Economic Policy

SOCR8202   Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy

Politics and Society

HIST6240   Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945

MEAS8111   Islam, the West and International Terrorism

MEAS8121   Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies

MEAS8124   Islamic Banking: Debates and Development

MEAS8127   Islam and Sectarianism in the Middle East

POLS8019   Democracy and its Discontents

POLS8027   Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

POLS8032   Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics

POLS8038   Comparative Political Institutions

POLS8039   Comparative Political Behaviour

POLS8040   Comparative Federalism

POLS8043   Violence and Political Order

POLS8046   Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

Analysing the Digital

SOCR8006   Online Research Methods

SOCY6066   Social Science of the Internet

SOCY8015   Software Studies and Platform Sociology

SOCY8016   Qualitative approaches to the digital

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.


Study Options

Year 1 48 units SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists 6 units SOCR8201 Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data 6 units Research Project Course 6 units Social Research Methods Foundation Course 6 units
SOCR8202 Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy 6 units SOCR8082 Social Research Practice 6 units Social Research Methods Foundation Course 6 units Social Research Methods Foundation Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Advanced Methods or Discipline Course 6 units Advanced Methods or Discipline Course 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 units
Advanced Methods or Discipline Course 6 units Advanced Methods or Discipline Course 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 units

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate disciplines

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

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

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:

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:

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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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.

NOTE: This program has the last admit term of Semester 1 2022 and will be replaced by the new 48 unit program. Details of the new program can be found at :

In a world increasingly reliant on data (big and small), a Master of Social Research from the ANU will give you the skills and experience to understand a changing Australian and global society, as well as the political, demographic and economic forces that shape and drive these changes. 

A Master of Social Research from the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods will equip you with the practical skills to conduct, commission and evaluate research in the social sciences, and give you the opportunity to extend your skills in advanced research methods, and/or apply your skills to real-world policy and societal issues.

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

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

The solid grounding in research methods at the heart of the Master of Social Research will open up a range of research career options within government, research organisations and in the private sector.


Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications until first semester, 2022

Learning Outcomes

  1. summarise and critically review key studies in a particular substantive area of research;
  2. use theory and existing literature 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; and
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