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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research

Course code: 2845 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipAppSocRes ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

This course seeks to develop practical skills in social research techniques. It is designed for those with an undergraduate degree in the social sciences who wish to deepen their knowledge of social research techniques and the different kinds of evidence used to investigate contemporary social issues.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students must complete 48 points of units at level 4, comprised of:

  • SYM4005 Qualitative research strategies
  • SYM4015 Secondary analysis of official statistics
  • SYM4025 Survey research
  • SYM4055 Data analysis software for social research

With the permission of the coordinator, one of these units may be replaced with an approved 12-point, level 4 elective from the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, or Information Technology.

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


Students who complete the course with a grade of credit average or above are eligible to apply for entry into the Master of Applied Social Research.

Course coordinator

Dr Kirsten McLean