Graduate Diploma in Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipSocSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4618.4

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 061589E

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 2010 - 2012 - 4618.3 Graduate Diploma in Social Science

Commencement Year 2008 and 2009 - 4618.2 Graduate Diploma in Social Science

Course enquiries should be directed to the course advisor.

The Graduate Diploma in Social Science is flexible in design allowing students to select areas of study according to their personal interest and professional need. It is also designed to enhance critical and reflective professional practice in the human services sector. To complete the Graduate Diploma students complete three units in social theories, research methods and a research project unit or and two specialist professional units from a wide range available within the Master of Social Science and other post graduate specialist awards.

Study Mode
Six months full-time plus six months part-time, or one and a half years part-time.

Course Advice

Dr Jane


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in any discipline.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand 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 60 credit points consisting of 40 credit points of core units and 20 credit points of postgraduate elective units:

Core Units

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

The remaining 20 credit points are to be selected from units within the specialisations included in the Master of Social Science or (in consultation with the Academic Course Advisor) from other postgraduate level units offered across the university.

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