Master of Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: MSocSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4617.5

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 059409K

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

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 2013 or later.

Commencement Year 2012 - 4617.4 Master of Social Science

Commencement Year 2010 and 2011 - 4617.3 Master of Social Science

Commencement Year 2008 and 2009 - 4617.2 Master of Social Science

Commencement Year 2003 to 2007 - 4617.1 Master of Social Science

The Master of Social Science offers a flexible design allowing students to select areas of study according to their personal interest and professional need. Critical and reflective professional practice is enhanced through core units in social theory and research methods and a research project. In addition students are able to choose specialist professional units from a wide range available within the Master of Social Science and from other professional post graduate courses.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice

Dr Jane


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull 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 or postgraduate qualification in any discipline.

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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 80 credit points consisting of 40 credit points of core units and a 40 credit point specialisation:

Core Units

101887.1Research for Practice
101888.1Theories for Critical Practice
101889.1Integrated Project


Studies in Art Therapy

ST1000.1Studies in Art Therapy

Core units

101303.2Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups
101304.2Art Therapy: Application to Client Groups

Studies in Counselling

ST1001.1Studies in Counselling

Core units

101506.2Counselling 1
101507.2Counselling 2

Urban Studies

ST1002.1Urban Studies

Core units

101633.2Managing Cities: History and Theory
101314.3Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City
101636.2Developing Sustainable Places
101315.3Financing Cities in the Global Economy

Students may also select from other postgraduate units across the university after consultation with the Head of Program.

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