Master of Social Research


The Master of Social Research is a professional degree designed to provide training in social science research methods. Graduates of this program will have practical skills in social science research that can be applied in government, NGOs, and private organisations. Graduates will have a sound basis for conducting, commissioning, and evaluating research in the social sciences.

This degree includes four specialisations: Demography, Social Research Methods, Social Development, and Policy and Social Science of the Internet.

Typical courses

  • Advanced Longitudinal Analysis
  • Case Studies in Social Policy
  • Demographic Forecasting and Projections
  • Education and Labour Force
  • Gender and Population
  • Health Demography
  • International Migration
  • Introduction to Longitudinal Methods
  • Online Research Methods
  • Population and Australia
  • Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives
  • Population Policy and Planning
  • Principles of Population Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Analysis
  • Social Research Design
  • Social Research Practice
  • Social Science of the Internet
  • Special Topic in Social Research
  • Statistics for Social Scientists
  • Survey Data Analysis

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At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social Research