Postgraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


In today's information society, we are constantly exposed to 'research findings'. Each day when we read the newspapers or listen to the television news we are told 'Research shows that ...', or 'According to a recent study ...', or 'Studies generally agree that ...'. It is essential to have a certain degree of 'research literacy' to understand the flood of 'facts' we are exposed to on a daily basis. Research now also plays a vital role in the shaping of community and governmental policies.

Postgraduate study in applied social research aims to provide an understanding of the particular strengths and weaknesses of various research approaches and methodologies so as to make a critical and informed assessment of research findings. Applied social research is the application of the analytical tools of the social sciences to the social, political and economic policy issues in today's society. In this way, applied social research aims to develop a practical understanding of the design process, execution, and evaluation of social research projects which focus on immediate problems and their resolution.


For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By Research