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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.


Human services professionals working across sectors in various capacities, are more and more required to demonstrate the higher order skills associated with post graduate qualifications to move into leadership and senior positions. In rapidly changing social, economic, cultural and political societies, professional leadership demands ongoing familiarity with emerging research , the capacity to evaluate competing knowledge claims and concomitantly, to provide sophisticated rationales for program or policy proposals to funding bodies or to decision makers. Participation in academic debates and knowledge exchange through conferences and seminars enables professional leaders' contribution to ongoing quality improvements and policy responsiveness.

Post graduate study at SAMMS Gippsland campus enables educational and skills development through exposure to contemporary national and international:

  • practice modalities and strategies
  • research literature
  • theoretical thought
  • political and social debate
  • service models, programs, community initiatives, social movements and policy practices

Students will also develop skills and capacities in

  • research methodology
  • evaluating research designs and the value of research data

Students come from a range of disciplinary and industry backgrounds, including therapists, case managers, support workers and counsellors with various client groups, community development workers, local government planners, bureaucrats with program development or policy development responsibilities, middle managers in non-government organisations (NGOs) or government organisations, policy advisors, public advocates and activists, and health workers with cross-disciplinary backgrounds,

Supervision of research candidates is available, with particular staff strengths in:

  • community development
  • counselling skills
  • cross cultural services
  • developing practice based research and evaluation methodologies
  • educational access and equity
  • emancipatory and anti-oppressive welfare practice
  • family violence
  • homelessness
  • human services management
  • labour market policies and programs
  • management
  • men's behaviour change programs
  • multiculturalism and race relations
  • NGOs in developing countries
  • personal construct theory
  • program evaluations
  • qualitative research methods
  • regional social sustainability
  • representations of women
  • social and public policy
  • social documentary photography
  • social inclusion
  • visual representation
  • youth justice and child protection
  • youth policy and services


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Offered by the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

  • ATS4854 Research methods for social and community welfare
  • ATS4805 SAMMS honours dissertation part 1
  • ATS4806 SAMMS honours dissertation part 2
  • ATS4807 SAMMS selected topics in theory and practice
Course coordinator

Dr Mark Symmons

Further courses

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

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 3790 Master of Human Services Management
  • 3789 Graduate Diploma in Human Services Management
  • 3788 Faculty Certificate in Human Services Management
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.