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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 titleMAppSocRes
CRICOS code047765M
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Course coordinator

Dr Kirsten McLean


This course provides training in the theoretical, analytical and practical skills involved in social research. It is specifically designed for those people who will design, conduct and evaluate diverse social research projects. It is also intended to extend the skills of policy administrators who analyse research reports, formulate commissioned research projects and work together with staff researchers and/or outside consultants.


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
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of units to the value of 48 points at level four and 24 points at level five. All units are worth 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Level four units

  • SYM4005 Qualitative research strategies
  • SYM4015 Secondary analysis of official statistics
  • SYM4025 Survey research
  • SYM4055 Data analysis software for social research
  • or an approved 12-point level four elective chosen from the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, or Information Technology

Level five units

  • SYM5045 Analysing quantitative data
  • SYM5065 Issues in public policy
  • SYM5075 Applied social research project (24 points)*
  • SYM5085 Research practicum
  • or an approved 12-point level five elective chosen from the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, or Information Technology

* Entry to the research project elective will be reserved for students with distinction (D) or greater results in the core units.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in the masters to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with a Graduate Certificate of Arts
  • 48 points may apply to exit with course 2845 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research

Students will also exit the masters with the approprtiate award if they do not maintain a minimum the required grades.


Master of Applied Social Research