Master of Applied Social Research

Course summary for local students


2015 course information

Award granted Master of Applied Social Research

Cloud (online)

Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 or 03 5227 1359

Course Director

Karen Lane, +61 3 924 43977,

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A719

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Applied Social Research is designed to equip graduates with practical and analytical skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. It aims to develop holistic social researchers who are confident and competent in designing, conducting, interpreting and presenting research. You will examine conceptual and theoretical frameworks informing the research environment as a means to operate effectively within it.

The focus of the program is on building a comprehensive suite of skills and knowledge that can be applied to the social research context. Course content covers the stages of conceptualising and planning research (including ethical, cultural and theoretical dimensions), as well as the requisite skills and techniques used to carry out qualitative and quantitative research (data collection, manipulation, analysis and dissemination). Elective offerings enable you to tailor your degree to your area of interest, with specialisms available in communication, gender, health and social policy.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Applied Social Research, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study made up in one of the following ways:

  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of units chosen from a specialisation


  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points from elective list (chosen with the permission of the Course Director)


  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of minor thesis (as pathway to PhD)

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

ASC741 Conducting Qualitative Research (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to contact Student Services from 2015)

ASC742 Survey Research (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to select AIX707 from 2015)

Trimester 2

ASC743 Analysing Qualitative Data (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to contact Student Services from 2015)

ASC744 Analysis of Quantitative Data (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to select AIX708 from 2015)


Trimester 1

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

ALC705Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change (not offered 2015)

ALC706Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures (not offered 2015)

ASD711Unit description is currently unavailable

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

Trimester 2

AID714Unit description is currently unavailable

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility *

ACC717Law, Media and Communication [Formerly ALJ724]

ALR718Public Relations, Activism and Social Change

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ASD710Unit description is currently unavailable

EXE732Social Justice and Difference

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

HSH703Health Promotion

Trimester 2 or trimester 3

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

* AIP777 not offered 2015 - reoffered 2016.

Minor Thesis units

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ASC745Minor Thesis A (Final year of offer 2015)

ASC746Minor Thesis B (Final year of offer 2015)

Note: Students may undertake any postgraduate unit offered within the Faculty of Arts and Education with approval of the Course Director.

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