Bachelor of Research Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BResSt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 8083.1

AQF Level: 8

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

The Master of Research is an internationally recognised qualification which will allow students to be globally mobile in advancing their research education, employment opportunities and pathways to further study. It is designed to increase students’ preparedness for PhD studies and ultimately for research-orientated careers.

The first year is comprised of advanced Bachelor level studies exposing students to comprehensive research methodology and advanced disciplinary coursework. Students will develop a research proposal, improve their academic literacy skills and engage with issues associated with research ethics and integrity. In the second year students will undertake a supervised year of higher degree research and produce a Masters thesis. The second year also includes a series of workshops and seminars designed to enhance students’ research and professional capabilities.

For domestic students, this program attracts Australian Government funding, packaged as a Bachelor of Research Studies/Master of Research to meet regulations.

In Year 1, domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if they are eligible. In Year 2, domestic students are enrolled in the Master of Research.

Further information about the Master of Research can be found on the Future Students Research Studies pages

Master of Research

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

Course Advice

Dr Alex


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above


Admission is determined by the following criteria being met

- A Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree;

- Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65;

- Demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline to be considered at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Studies for applicants whose most recent qualification is 5+ years old and

- A statement that outlines a tentative research area.

Additionally for International students an English proficiency requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band) or equivalent.

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 the University

Further information for International students can be found on the website of the International office.

International Office

Course Structure

Year 1 of this course will also be studied by International students enrolled in 8084 Master of Research (High Cost) and 8085 Master of Research (Low Cost).

After completion of Year 1, domestic students will be transferred to either 8084 Master of Research (High Cost) or 8085 Master of Research (Low Cost), depending on their research discipline area.

Qualification for the award of Master of Research requires the successful completion of 160 credit points. All students will complete 80 credit points of coursework units and 80 credit points of higher degree by research.

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of prescribed Core units.

Core units

800166.1Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry
800167.1Research Literacies
800168.1Research Fields
800169.1Research Design 2: Practices of Research

Students must also complete

- 40 credit points of specialisation units. Students will choose 30 credit points of discipline-specific units from within their specialisation and are encouraged to choose 10 credit points from the other specialisation, however this is not mandatory. Students are required to complete 40 credit points of specialisation units in total. The two specialisation discipline areas are Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as shown below.

- 80 credit points of higher degree research.

Students may exit with the Bachelor of Research Studies (exit only) after Year 1 and the successful completion of 80 credit points, with advanced standing of 160 credit points from their previous undergraduate qualification being granted.

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Specialisation

Please note: units will be offered subject to demand and availability

Graduate Research School

800176.2Internship and Community Engagement (PG)

Humanities and Communication Arts

102412.1Global Digital Futures
102298.1The Cutting Edge: Advanced Studies in Humanities and Communication Arts
102339.2Environmental Humanities
102340.1Engaging Discursive Fields
102341.1Debates in Global History
102342.1In the Realms of the Sensory: Ecologies of Word, Sound and Image

Creative Writing

102256.1Idea (Conceiving Experience)
102257.1Word (Literary Traditions)
102258.1World (Art and Nature)

Note: In 2017 the Creative Writing units 102256, 102257 and 102258 listed above have been replaced by 102497, 102498 and 102499 listed below.

102497.1Writing and Ideas
102498.1Writing Practice and Tradition
102499.1Writing Process

Convergent Media

101962.1Researching Convergent Media

Continental Philosophy

102384.1Political Philosophy
102380.1Philosophical Aesthetics

Creative Arts

102375.1Research Methods in the Creative Arts
102376.1Creativity: Theory and Practice

Linquistics and TESOL

102336.1Functional Grammar
101825.3English Linguistics for TESOL
101854.1Language and Linguistics Research Methods
102325.1Advanced Academic English Skills
100919.2Investigating Second Language Acquisition

Social Sciences and Psychology

102180.2Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102176.1Theories of Difference and Diversity
102181.2Nation, Power and Difference

Urban Studies

101633.3Managing Cities: History and Theory
102069.2Heritage and Planning
101315.3Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101634.2Planning and Environmental Regulation

Development, Security and Sustainability

101895.1Political Economy of Development
101896.1Development and Security
101897.1Development for Equality
101636.2Developing Sustainable Places


102198.1Transnational Crime
102199.1Violence, Culture and Criminal Justice
102200.1Global Criminology and Human Rights

Religion and Society

101897.1Development for Equality
102202.1Religion and Law in Contemporary Public Discourse
102201.1Contemporary Theories of Religion and Society

Institute for Culture and Society

800174.1Economies and Ecologies
102295.1Space, Place and the Field


Please be advised majority of units offered by the School of Education commence before the beginning of regular (Autumn/Spring) commencement dates. Please ensure you contact the unit coordinator before enrolling.

102152.1Social Ecology
102160.1Education Policy, Practice and Global Knowledge Co-construction
102166.1Person-Centred Practice
102158.1Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102159.1Designing Curriculum Futures
102165.1At the cultural interface - learning two ways
101658.1Transformative Learning
102168.1Principles and Practices of Evaluation
100701.1Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
102148.1Engaging Communities


51054.3Financial Modelling
51211.3International Finance
51212.3Security Analysis and Portfolio Theory
200329.4Supply Chain Management
200401.4Accounting Theory and Applications
200719.2Industrial Relations and Workplace Change
200722.2Strategic Employment Relations
200828.1Diversity, Labour Markets and Workforce Planning
200845.2Innovation Through Digital Technology
200848.3Governance, Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship
200849.1New Venture Finance
200852.2Innovation, Creativity and Foresight
200894.1Property Development
200896.1Business Analysis Seminars
200897.1Advanced Analysis and Interpretation
200898.1Seminal Papers in Business


200957.1Bioethics in Perspective
200907.3International Environmental Law and Policy
200948.1International Banking and Finance Law
200949.1International Climate Change Law
200953.1Human Rights in Practice and Theory
200951.1International Law of Ocean Governance

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Specialisation

Please note: units will be offered subject to demand and availability

Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

301002.1Specialised Software Applications
301003.1Sustainable Systems
301044.1Data Science
301037.2Scientific Informatics
301024.1Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
300594.4Advanced Structural Analysis
300595.3Advanced Water Engineering
300604.3Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
300939.2Sustainability and Risk Engineering (PG)
301008.1Advanced Composite Structures
301009.1Advanced Timber Structures
301010.1Advanced Applied Mechanics
301011.1Advanced Highway Infrastructure
301012.1Water Resources Systems Analysis
301013.1Advanced Statistical Hydrology
301015.1Deep Foundations
301016.1Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment
301017.1Advanced Waste Management
300939.2Sustainability and Risk Engineering (PG)
301018.1Mechanical System Design
300599.3Advanced Robotics
301019.1Advanced Dynamic Systems
300600.3Mechatronic System Design
301020.1Advanced Mobile Robotics
301021.1Advanced Thermal and Fluid Engineering
301022.1Advanced Computer Aided Engineering
301023.1Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
301024.1Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
300196.3Personal Communication Systems
300197.3Power System Planning and Economics
301025.1Advanced Power Quality
301026.1Advanced Smart Grids and Distributed Generation
300515.4Instrumentation and Measurement (PG)
300601.3Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives
300596.3Advanced Signal Processing
300603.3Advanced Control Systems
300515.4Instrumentation and Measurement (PG)
300596.3Advanced Signal Processing
300173.3Advanced Data Networks

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

800172.1Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience
800173.1Cognitive Science: Research and Application
800171.1Learning and Processing Human Language

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

800170.1Ecosystems in a Changing World
800186.1Emerging Technologies for Biological Science

Nursing and Midwifery

400975.1Ethics in Health Research
401167.1Applied Research in Health Care
400220.2Contemporary Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
400238.3Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
400777.4Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
400774.2Perspectives on Nursing
400210.2Health Promotion and the Nurse

Science and Health

401164.1Transferable Research Skills
401076.1Introduction to Epidemiology
401162.1Experimental Design and Analysis (PG)
401203.1Applications of Magnetic Resonance from Cancer to Neuroanatomy


401173.1Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

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