Graduate Diploma in Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipSocSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1771.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 061589E

This course is offered at the Parramatta City campus.

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 2015 or later.

The Graduate Diploma in Social Science is designed to provide students with a substantial program of study in the social sciences at Post graduate level, with the option to continue into the Master of Social Science program.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate qualification in the broad field of social sciences.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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 80 credit points consisting of 60 credit points of core units (excluding 102040 Thesis Unit) and 20 credit points from the Specialisation/ Alternate units from course 1770 Master of Social Science.

Master of Social Science

Year 1

Autumn Session

102175Research in the Social Sciences
102179Theories of the Social
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity

And one Specialisation / Alternate unit from the Master of Social Science

Spring session

102180Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102177Advanced Social Research Methods
102181Nation, Power and Difference

And one Specialisation / Alternate unit from the Master of Social Science

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