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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;
  • Applicants who do not meet the AAM equal to or above the minimum of 65 will be considered in exceptional circumstances, and applicants whose most recent qualification is 5+ years old shall provide additional evidence of relevant work experience or professional training, or evidence of seniority and standing in an area of endeavor and provide written support from the potential supervisor. Examples of evidence may include; work as a research assistant or laboratory technician, the writing of policy, consultancy involving the writing of reports, production of creative output, and publication of peer reviewed journal articles. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the relevant HDR Director and the Dean of the GRS;
  • 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

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
800220Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

800166 - Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry

800167 - Research Literacies

800169 - Research Design 2: Practices of Research

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

800213Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places
800176Internship and Community Engagement (PG)

Humanities and Communication Arts

102341Debates in Global History
102426Digital Humanities Research Methods (PG)
102340Engaging Discursive Fields
102339Environmental Humanities
102602Gender and Genre
102412Global Digital Futures
102583History of Ideas
102661How to Write History
102342In the Realms of the Sensory: Ecologies of Word, Sound and Image
102581Literary Theory
102662New Genres in Research Writing
102582Philosophy of History and Politics
102298The Cutting Edge: Advanced Studies in Humanities and Communication Arts
102584The Image of Thought: Art, Film and Philosophy
102601Understanding Race
102585What is Islam?

Creative Writing

102497Writing and Ideas
102498Writing Practice and Tradition
102499Writing Process
102500Writing and Form
102501Writing, Sounds, Images, Texts

Convergent Media

101962Researching Convergent Media

Continental Philosophy

102380Philosophical Aesthetics
102384Political Philosophy
102379Special Topics in Philosophy
102383Topics in the History of Philosophy
102615Theoretical Philosophy
102616Philosophy and Literature
102618Practical Philosophy
102619Philosophy of Nature
102620Philosophy, History and Interpretation

Creative Arts

102376Creativity: Theory and Practice
102375Research Methods in the Creative Arts
102728Research into Practice: bridging the clinician-researcher divide in applied and creative therapies

Linquistics and TESOL

102325Advanced Academic English Skills
102525Bilingualism and Education
101825English Linguistics for TESOL
102621Formal and Functional Grammar
100919Investigating Second Language Acquisition
101854Language and Linguistics Research Methods

Social Sciences and Psychology

102253Digital Social Research in Action
102181Nation, Power and Difference
102194Social Research in the Digital World
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity
102180Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102698Green Urbanscapes: Bio-Physical Functions and Services

Urban Studies

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

Development, Security and Sustainability

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


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

Religion and Society

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

Humanitarian and Development Studies

101896Development and Security
102575Emergency and Disaster Management
102576Global Health, Migration and Development
102577Humanitarian and Development Agendas and Progress
102574Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)

Institute for Culture and Society

800216Researching Post-Capitalist Possibilities (PhD Summer School)
800196Rethinking Culture and Society
102295Space, 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.

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


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

200897Advanced Analysis and Interpretation
200896Business Analysis Seminars
200898Seminal Papers in Business

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

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


200957Bioethics in Perspective
200953Human Rights in Practice and Theory
200948International Banking and Finance Law
200949International Climate Change Law
200962International Criminal Law and Justice
200907International Environmental Law and Policy
200961International Human Rights Law
200951International Law of Ocean Governance
200963International Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200964Principles of International Law
200980Security of Ideas

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Specialisation

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

Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

301010Advanced Applied Mechanics
301363Advanced Cloud Computing
301008Advanced Composite Structures
301023Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
301022Advanced Computer Aided Engineering
300603Advanced Control Systems
300173Advanced Data Networks
301019Advanced Dynamic Systems
300601Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives
300604Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
301011Advanced Highway Infrastructure
301176Advanced Mathematical Investigations
301020Advanced Mobile Robotics
301024Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
301025Advanced Power Quality
300599Advanced Robotics
300596Advanced Signal Processing
301026Advanced Smart Grids and Distributed Generation
301013Advanced Statistical Hydrology
300594Advanced Structural Analysis
301021Advanced Thermal and Fluid Engineering
301009Advanced Timber Structures
301196Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence
301236Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity
300694Advanced Topics in ICT
300252Advanced Topics in Networking
301017Advanced Waste Management
301016Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment
300595Advanced Water Engineering
301042Cloud Computing
301044Data Science
301015Deep Foundations
301118Genomic Data Science
300515Instrumentation and Measurement (PG)
301175Internet of Things
301106Mathematical Investigations
301177Mathematical Proof and Reasoning
301018Mechanical System Design
300600Mechatronic System Design
300196Personal Communication Systems
300197Power System Planning and Economics
301037Scientific Informatics
301002Specialised Software Applications
301003Sustainable Systems
300939Sustainability and Risk Engineering (PG)
301012Water Resources Systems Analysis

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

800173Cognitive Science: Research and Application
800171Learning and Processing Human Language
800192Neuroscience Methods

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

800170Ecosystems in a Changing World
800186Emerging Technologies for Biological Science
800195Researching our Changing Environment

Nursing and Midwifery

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

Science and Health

401414Advanced Sport and Exercise Science
401203Applications of Magnetic Resonance from Cancer to Neuroanatomy
401266Experimental Design and Analysis PG A
401267Experimental Design and Analysis PG B
401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401076Introduction to Epidemiology


401178Controversies in Epidemiology
401179Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401075Major Incident Management
401176Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Translational Health Research Institute (THRI)

800215Applied research with marginalised populations and sensitive health topics

Specialisation Units

The specialisation units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

401291 - Advanced Sport and Exercise Science

102220 - Applied Methods in Literary Studies and Creative Writing

102222 - Applied Practice in Literary Studies and Creative Writing

401162 - Experimental Design and Analysis (PG)

102336 - Functional Grammar

401164 - Transferable Research Skills

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