Master of Social Research

There is a growing demand in Australia and internationally for people with expertise in high-level social research. The Master of Social Research (MSR) is a professional degree designed to provide training in social science research. Graduates of this program will gain practical skills that can be applied in government and nongovernment organisations and the private sector. 

Graduates with a high level of performance also have a strong foundation for PhD studies.

Social Research at ANU

ANU is home to a new centre in applied social research methods. The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods provides significant Australian capacity in undertaking research into applied social research and evaluation methods. The Centre meets a need for national leadership in research methods, and assists in raising the level of credible evidence-based research to inform and evaluate policy, programs and initiatives. Through this degree, you’ll gain access to specialist academics in the field of Social Research and undertake research-led coursework.

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Further studies

Master of Social Research (Advanced)

Students who meet the requirements can transfer into the Master of Social Research (Advanced) program to gain advanced research skills. In the Master of Social Research (Advanced) you’ll undertake an independent research project or thesis on an approved topic, providing a solid foundation for further graduate research in the field of social research.

Career opportunities

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia’s most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide. The solid grounding in research methods at the heart of the Master of Social Research will open up a range of research career options within government, research organisations and in the private sector

Professional outcomes

In a world increasingly reliant on data (big and small), a Master of Social Research from the ANU will give you the skills and experience to understand a changing Australian and global society, as well as the political, demographic and economic forces that shape and drive these changes. A Master of Social Research from the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods will equip you with the practical skills to conduct, commission and evaluate research in the social sciences, and give you the opportunity to extend your skills in advanced research methods, and/or apply your skills to real-world policy and societal issues.
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