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Sociology and Social Policy


The Department of Sociology and Social Policy offers Research Degrees in both Sociology and Social Policy. Students must have a substantial background in a relevant academic discipline to be eligible to enrol in research degrees.


Awards and requirements

The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (two units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in Sociology or Social Policy but who do not have an honours degree.

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which students undertake an extended piece of original research, which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis.

The Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Social Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy degrees have the most stringent requirements for entry. Students are required to undertake a major original research project and to write an individually supervised thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words that makes an original and significant contribution to the field.

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.