Bachelor of Research Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BResSt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 8083.1

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.

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



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart 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

800166Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry
800167Research Literacies
800168Research Fields
800169Research 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

800176Internship and Community Engagement (PG)

Humanities and Communication Arts

102412Global Digital Futures
102298The Cutting Edge: Advanced Studies in Humanities and Communication Arts
102339Environmental Humanities
102340Engaging Discursive Fields
102341Debates in Global History
102342In the Realms of the Sensory: Ecologies of Word, Sound and Image

Creative Writing

102256Idea (Conceiving Experience)
102257Word (Literary Traditions)
102258World (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.

102497Writing and Ideas
102498Writing Practice and Tradition
102499Writing Process

Convergent Media

101962Researching Convergent Media

Continental Philosophy

102384Political Philosophy
102380Philosophical Aesthetics

Creative Arts

102375Research Methods in the Creative Arts
102376Creativity: Theory and Practice

Linquistics and TESOL

102336Functional Grammar
101825English Linguistics for TESOL
101854Language and Linguistics Research Methods
102325Advanced Academic English Skills
100919Investigating Second Language Acquisition

Social Sciences and Psychology

102180Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity
102181Nation, Power and Difference

Urban Studies

101633Managing Cities: History and Theory
102069Heritage and Planning
101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation

Development, Security and Sustainability

101895Political Economy of Development
101896Development and Security
101897Development for Equality
101636Developing Sustainable Places


102198Transnational Crime
102199Violence, Culture and Criminal Justice
102200Global Criminology and Human Rights

Religion and Society

101897Development for Equality
102202Religion and Law in Contemporary Public Discourse
102201Contemporary Theories of Religion and Society

Institute for Culture and Society

800174Economies and Ecologies
102295Space, 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.

102152Social Ecology
102160Education Policy, Practice and Global Knowledge Co-construction
102166Person-Centred Practice
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102159Designing Curriculum Futures
102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways
101658Transformative Learning
102168Principles and Practices of Evaluation
100701Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
102148Engaging Communities


51054Financial Modelling
51211International Finance
51212Security Analysis and Portfolio Theory
200329Supply Chain Management
200401Accounting Theory and Applications
200719Industrial Relations and Workplace Change
200722Strategic Employment Relations
200828Diversity, Labour Markets and Workforce Planning
200845Innovation Through Digital Technology
200848Governance, Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship
200849New Venture Finance
200852Innovation, Creativity and Foresight
200894Property Development
200896Business Analysis Seminars
200897Advanced Analysis and Interpretation
200898Seminal Papers in Business


200957Bioethics in Perspective
200907International Environmental Law and Policy
200948International Banking and Finance Law
200949International Climate Change Law
200953Human Rights in Practice and Theory
200951International 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

301002Specialised Software Applications
301003Sustainable Systems
301044Data Science
301037Scientific Informatics
301024Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
300594Advanced Structural Analysis
300595Advanced Water Engineering
300604Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
300939Sustainability and Risk Engineering (PG)
301008Advanced Composite Structures
301009Advanced Timber Structures
301010Advanced Applied Mechanics
301011Advanced Highway Infrastructure
301012Water Resources Systems Analysis
301013Advanced Statistical Hydrology
301015Deep Foundations
301016Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment
301017Advanced Waste Management
300939Sustainability and Risk Engineering (PG)
301018Mechanical System Design
300599Advanced Robotics
301019Advanced Dynamic Systems
300600Mechatronic System Design
301020Advanced Mobile Robotics
301021Advanced Thermal and Fluid Engineering
301022Advanced Computer Aided Engineering
301023Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
301024Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
300196Personal Communication Systems
300197Power System Planning and Economics
301025Advanced Power Quality
301026Advanced Smart Grids and Distributed Generation
300515Instrumentation and Measurement (PG)
300601Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives
300596Advanced Signal Processing
300603Advanced Control Systems
300515Instrumentation and Measurement (PG)
300596Advanced Signal Processing
300173Advanced Data Networks

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

800172Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience
800173Cognitive Science: Research and Application
800171Learning and Processing Human Language

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

800170Ecosystems in a Changing World
800186Emerging Technologies for Biological Science

Nursing and Midwifery

400975Ethics in Health Research
401167Applied Research in Health Care
400220Contemporary Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
400774Perspectives on Nursing
400210Health Promotion and the Nurse

Science and Health

401164Transferable Research Skills
401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401162Experimental Design and Analysis (PG)
401203Applications of Magnetic Resonance from Cancer to Neuroanatomy


401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

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