Master of Research (Social Sciences)

Course summary

The Master of Research degree comprises research and research training, requiring students to complete 96 credit points of subjects. The first year comprises 48cp of research training and coursework while the second year comprises a 48cp thesis, which is assessed by two external examiners. Academic Units may award credit for the research training and coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

The following specialisations are available in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities: Education; Public Health; Arts and Humanities; Creative Arts.

Course information

Study area

Research, Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

483

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Research, based on academic results and relevant experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the Master of Research must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit.


Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

FEES

Year 1 – Students enrol in the Bachelor of Research and are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Year 2 – The course fee for the Master of Research will be fully paid by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scheme for up to 2 years (i.e. 4 full-time semesters or part-time equivalence).

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Research, based on academic results and relevant experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the Master of Research must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit.


Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts and apply established theories to identified discipline areas
2 Understand, in the context of an advanced body of knowledge, recent developments in an identified discipline area.
3 With creativity and initiative, plan a substantial piece of research using advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the identified discipline area.
4 Communicate effectively, to a range of audiences, coherent and sustained arguments to evaluate and justify the selected research question, research design and interpretation of research results.
5 Implement a substantial piece of research that shows mastery of, and the capacity for critical reflection on, the application of theoretical knowledge with a high level of personal autonomy, accountability and regards for conventions for research integrity, privacy and integrity issues.
6 Disseminate research outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

The Master of Research degree comprises both research and research training, requiring students to complete 96 credit points of subjects, as specified in the chosen area of study. 

To complete the 48cp thesis, students will undertake repeated instances of RESH909/RESH908 to a total value of 48cp in Year 2.

Areas of Study

Education 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from the Education elective list below
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring
Education Elective List
EDGH958 Curriculum Design and Evaluation 6 Spring
EDGH959 Teaching for Diversity in Adult, Vocational and Higher Education 6 Spring
EDGH961 The Global Challenge in Adult, Vocational and Higher Education 6 Autumn
EDGH967 Multiliteracies & Numeracies in Adult & Vocational Education 6 Spring
EDGI901 Emerging Issues in Educational Technology 6 Not available in 2020
EDGI902 Designing Digital Learning Environments 6 Autumn
EDGI904 Online Learning and Teaching 6 Spring
EDGL901 Foundations of Educational Leadership 6 Autumn
EDGL903 Introduction to Educational Management 6 Spring
EDGL909 Leadership of Effective Change 6 Autumn
EDGL911 Leadership of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 6 Spring
EDGL919 Mentoring Beginning Teachers 6 Autumn
EDGL920 Leading, Developing and Managing People 6 Spring
EDGL923 Developing Personal & Non-academic Educational Leadership Attributes 6 Spring
EDGR921 Expanding Literacy Repertoires 6 Spring
EDGR922 Literature for Children and Young People 6 Autumn
EDGR927 Knowing about Language in English K-10 6 Spring
EDGS914 Assessment and Instruction of Individuals with High Support Needs 6 Not available in 2020
EDGS916 Models of Behaviour Management 6 Spring
EDGS918 Approaches to Reading Difficulties: Theories and Strategies 6 Autumn
EDGS920 Language and Communication Difficulties: Theory and Practice 6 Not available in 2020
EDGT931 Oral Communication and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
EDGT932 Second Language Literacy 6 Spring
EDGT934 English Pronunciation and Prosody 6 Spring
EDGT940 Materials and Technology in Second Language Teaching 6 Autumn, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT976 Text and Context 6 Spring
EDGT983 Assessing and Evaluating in TESOL Environments 6 Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT984 Theories of Second Language Learning 6 Autumn, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT985 English in Specific Contexts 6 Not available in 2020
EDGX901 Psychology for Educators 6 Autumn

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page. 

Public Health 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 946 Health Research Methodology II 6 Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the Public Health elective list below
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring
Public Health Elective List
HAS 860 People & Work 6 Not available in 2020
HAS 943 Health in All Policies 6 Autumn
HAS 944 Social Complexities and Health 6 Autumn
HAS 945 Introduction to Biostatistics 6 Spring
HAS 947 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 948 Health Promotion 6 Spring
HAS 950 Project Planning and Evaluation 6 Autumn
HAS 951 Public Health Communication 6 Spring
HAS 952 Health Promotion Theories and Models 6 Spring
HAS 953 Food and Health 6 Autumn
HAS 954 Sociology of Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
HAS 955 The Future of Food Advanced 6 Spring
HAS 956 Monitoring and Shaping Food Systems 6 Spring
HAS 957 Advanced Epidemiology 6 Not available in 2020
HAS 958 Research Projects 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 959 Practicum 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 960 Special Topics 6 Autumn, Spring

 For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.   

Creative Arts and Arts and Humanities

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1:
LHA 901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice 12
LHA 902 The Researcher: People, Places, Methods 12
Plus ONE of the following TWO subjects:
LHA 903 The Project and the Plan 12
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12
Plus ONE from the following list of subjects:
ENGL970 Research in English 12
HIST970 Research in History 12
LANG970 Research in Languages 12
PAIS970 Research in Politics and International Studies 12
PHIL970 Research in Philosophy 12
SCTI970 Research in Critical Social Inquiry 12
Year 2: Plus one of the following:
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis Full Time 24
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis Part Time 12

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Visit UOW's Research and Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

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