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Bachelor of Research Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BResSt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 8083.2

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing 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 2H 2017 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2H 2015 - 1H 2017 - please refer to 8083.1 Bachelor of Research Studies

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


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
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.

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 30 credit points of prescribed Core units.

Core units

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

Students must also complete

- 50 credit points of specialisation units. Students will choose 40 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 50 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

800213.1Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places
800176.2Internship and Community Engagement (PG)

Humanities and Communication Arts

102341.1Debates in Global History
102426.1Digital Humanities Research Methods (PG)
102340.1Engaging Discursive Fields
102339.2Environmental Humanities
102602.1Gender and Genre
102412.1Global Digital Futures
102583.1History of Ideas
102661.1How to Write History
102342.1In the Realms of the Sensory: Ecologies of Word, Sound and Image
102581.1Literary Theory
102662.1New Genres in Research Writing
102582.1Philosophy of History and Politics
102298.1The Cutting Edge: Advanced Studies in Humanities and Communication Arts
102584.1The Image of Thought: Art, Film and Philosophy
102601.1Understanding Race
102585.1What is Islam?

Creative Writing

102220.1Applied Methods in Literary Studies and Creative Writing
102222.1Applied Practice in Literary Studies and Creative Writing
102500.1Writing and Form
102497.1Writing and Ideas
102498.1Writing Practice and Tradition
102499.1Writing Process
102501.1Writing, Sounds, Images, Texts

Convergent Media

101962.1Researching Convergent Media

Continental Philosophy

102380.1Philosophical Aesthetics
102384.1Political Philosophy
102379.1Special Topics in Philosophy
102383.1Topics in the History of Philosophy
102615.1Theoretical Philosophy
102616.1Philosophy and Literature
102618.1Practical Philosophy
102619.1Philosophy of Nature
102620.1Philosophy, History and Interpretation

Creative Arts

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

Linquistics and TESOL

102325.1Advanced Academic English Skills
102525.1Bilingualism and Education
101825.3English Linguistics for TESOL
102621.1Formal and Functional Grammar
100919.2Investigating Second Language Acquisition
101854.1Language and Linguistics Research Methods

Social Sciences and Psychology

102253.1Digital Social Research in Action
102181.2Nation, Power and Difference
102194.2Social Research in the Digital World
102176.1Theories of Difference and Diversity
102180.2Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102698.1Green Urbanscapes: Bio-Physical Functions and Services

Urban Studies

101315.3Financing Cities in the Global Economy
102069.1Heritage and Planning
101633.2Managing Cities: History and Theory
101634.2Planning and Environmental Regulation

Development, Security and Sustainability

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


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

Religion and Society

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

Humanitarian and Development Studies

101896.1Development and Security
102575.1Emergency and Disaster Management
102576.1Global Health, Migration and Development
102577.1Humanitarian and Development Agendas and Progress
102574.1Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)

Institute for Culture and Society

800216.1Researching Post-Capitalist Possibilities (PhD Summer School)
800196.1Rethinking Culture and Society
102295.1Space, Place and the Field


Please be advised that the 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.

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


Business students are required to undertake 30 credit points of research training specialisation electives

200897.1Advanced Analysis and Interpretation
200896.1Business Analysis Seminars
200898.1Seminal Papers in Business

Business students may then select up to 20 credit points of specialisation elective units

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


200957.1Bioethics in Perspective
200953.1Human Rights in Practice and Theory
200948.1International Banking and Finance Law
200949.1International Climate Change Law
200962.2International Criminal Law and Justice
200907.3International Environmental Law and Policy
200961.1International Human Rights Law
200951.1International Law of Ocean Governance
200963.1International Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200964.1Principles of International Law
200980.1Security of Ideas

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Specialisation

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

Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

301010.1Advanced Applied Mechanics
301008.1Advanced Composite Structures
301023.1Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
301022.1Advanced Computer Aided Engineering
300603.3Advanced Control Systems
300173.3Advanced Data Networks
301019.1Advanced Dynamic Systems
300601.3Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives
300604.3Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
301011.1Advanced Highway Infrastructure
301176.1Advanced Mathematical Investigations
301020.1Advanced Mobile Robotics
301024.1Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
301025.1Advanced Power Quality
300599.3Advanced Robotics
300596.3Advanced Signal Processing
301026.1Advanced Smart Grids and Distributed Generation
301013.1Advanced Statistical Hydrology
300594.4Advanced Structural Analysis
301021.1Advanced Thermal and Fluid Engineering
301009.1Advanced Timber Structures
301196.1Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence
301236.1Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity
300694.3Advanced Topics in ICT
300252.3Advanced Topics in Networking
301017.1Advanced Waste Management
301016.1Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment
300595.3Advanced Water Engineering
301042.1Cloud Computing
301044.1Data Science
301015.1Deep Foundations
301118.1Genomic Data Science
300515.4Instrumentation and Measurement (PG)
301175.1Internet of Things
301106.1Mathematical Investigations
301177.1Mathematical Proof and Reasoning
301018.1Mechanical System Design
300600.3Mechatronic System Design
300196.3Personal Communication Systems
300197.3Power System Planning and Economics
301037.2Scientific Informatics
301002.1Specialised Software Applications
301003.1Sustainable Systems
300939.2Sustainability and Risk Engineering (PG)
301012.1Water Resources Systems Analysis

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

800173.1Cognitive Science: Research and Application
800171.1Learning and Processing Human Language
800192.1Neuroscience Methods

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

800170.1Ecosystems in a Changing World
800186.1Emerging Technologies for Biological Science
800195.1Researching our Changing Environment

Nursing and Midwifery

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

Science and Health

401291.1Advanced Sport and Exercise Science
401203.1Applications of Magnetic Resonance from Cancer to Neuroanatomy
401266.1Experimental Design and Analysis PG A
401267.1Experimental Design and Analysis PG B
401077.1Introduction to Biostatistics
401076.1Introduction to Epidemiology


401178.1Controversies in Epidemiology
401179.1Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
401174.1Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
401173.1Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401075.1Major Incident Management
401176.1Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Translational Health Research Institute (THRI)

800215.1Applied research with marginalised populations and sensitive health topics

Equivalent Specialisation Units

The specialisation units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2017 or earlier.

401162 - Experimental Design and Analysis (PG)

102336 - Functional Grammar

401164 - Transferable Research Skills

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