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Master of Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: MSocSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1770.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 059409K

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

This course is offered at the Parramatta City campus.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

The Master of Social Science offers a flexible design allowing students to select areas of study across the Social Sciences to match their academic interests and/or career pathway. Completion of the thesis and the associated research units in the Master of Social Science core is intended to meet admission requirements for PhD study. Students graduating from the Master of Social Science will have in-depth mastery of theory and research in the social sciences and at least one area of specialisation.

Study Mode
Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Course Advice

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Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Applications for advanced standing will be assessed in accordance with current University policy.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate qualification in the broad field of social sciences.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points consisting of 100 credit points of core units, a 40 credit point specialisation plus 20 credit points from the Specialisation/Electives

Core Units

Year 1

Autumn session

102175.1Research in the Social Sciences
102179.1Theories of the Social
102176.1Theories of Difference and Diversity

One Specialisation unit

Spring session

102180.2Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102177.2Advanced Social Research Methods
102181.2Nation, Power and Difference

One Specialisation unit

Note: Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Social Science after completing 40 credit points of core units (excluding 102040 Master of Social Science Thesis)

1772.1 Graduate Certificate in Social Science

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Diploma in Social Science after completing 80 credit points (cps) consisting of 60 cps of core units (excluding 102040 Master of Social Science Thesis) and 20 cps from one of the Specialisations.

1771.1 Graduate Diploma in Social Science

Year 2

1H session

102040.2Master of Social Science Thesis

Autumn session

One Specialisation unit

One Specialisation unit

2H session

102040.2Master of Social Science Thesis

Spring session

One Specialisation unit

One Specialisation unit


ST1003.1Development, Security and Sustainability
ST1006.1Difference and Diversity
ST1007.1Digital Research and Social Data Analytics
ST1008.1International Criminology
ST1004.1Policing Leadership
ST1009.1Religion and Society
ST1000.1Studies in Art Therapy
ST1001.1Studies in Counselling
ST1005.1Urban Studies

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