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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePGradDipAppSocRes
CRICOS code042681M
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Course coordinator

Dr Kirsten McLean


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.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of four 12-point units.


Students complete:

  • 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 four elective from the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, or Information Technology.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the course with a grade of credit average or above are eligible to apply for entry into course 3098 Master of Applied Social Research.


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research