Master of Social Science (Digital Research and Social Data Analytics)


Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Duration 2F / 4P
Apply Direct Code1770.1
UAC Code950834
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Course Code1770.1 [CRICOS CODE 059409K] 
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Fee Information

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


E-research and social analytics is about the transformational effects of information technology both on social research as a field and on people's everyday lives more generally. The specialisation combines knowledge from the social sciences with skills from fields such as statistics and computer science to focus on how technological advancements both create new fields of research for social scientists and change the nature of social research itself.

Who is this course for?

eResearch and Social Analytics is suitable for anyone interested in how information technologies are shaping our contemporary world. This course is designed for those pursuing a career which involves critical analysis of these effects. That includes people who have a background in social policy, organisational work or the humanities and want to develop new skills in contemporary social analytics as well as prospective students with a background in statistics, computer sciences or technology that want to apply their skills in the social field.

Educational and Personal Outcomes

As is the case with all social theory this specialisation will help students better understand their world and their own place in it. More specifically, it will help them better understand the many ways information technology facilitates the collection of data and how these data sets are utilised in ways that have significant impacts on people's everyday lives.

What makes this course unique at Western Sydney University?

This specialisation is unique to Western Sydney University. It represents the opportunity to graduate with a truly unique skill set which can make you stand out from other job seekers in the labour market. The program gives students opportunities to work closely with a range of academics currently engaged in cutting edge research in the field, and is thus a great opportunity to gain a practical understanding of what social analytics involves.

Advantage of studying this specialisation at Western Sydney University

The way the Master of Social Science is set up gives students the opportunity to combine a specialisation in e-Research and Social analytics with a proper grounding in the social sciences as well as a number of other exciting specialisation. The School of Social Sciences and Psychology is truly cross-disciplinary and includes perspectives from sociology, criminology, development studies, anthropology, and religious studies among many others, and that makes for a varied and exciting learning environment.


Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

Admission information and course structureDigital Research and Social Data Analytics specialisation units

Career opportunities for this specialisation

Career outcomes and opportunities

Skills taught in this specialisation have a wide range of professional and academic applications. Data analysis of utilising new methodologies, technologies and operating systems is becoming an increasingly common feature of a number of different fields. This includes:

  • various levels of government
  • non-government organisations
  • research agencies
  • media

as well as throughout the private sector.


The specialisation is also suitable for anyone considering a career in the academia as it provides insights into the opportunities and challenges information technologies represent for academic research and teaching and provide a good grounding in theoretical and methodological considerations of contemporary and future research.

Academic Profile

Doctor Jenna Condie

Dr Jenna Condie is a Critical Social Psychologist, Lecturer in Digital Research and Online Social Analysis at Western Sydney University and a World Social Science Fellow on transformations to sustainable urbanisation for the International Social Science Council. Her research focuses upon how our everyday experiences and social connections are mediated by digital technologies in the places we live, work, play and stay. As an expe…

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How to apply

If you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, you can apply online directly to Western (opens in a new window) for postgraduate coursework in Arts and Humanities, Business, Creative Industries, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Law, Computing and Information Technology, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, TESOL, Interpreting and Translation or Therapeutic Studies and Counselling. Applications can also be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window).

Applications made directly to Western do not have an application fee.

You can manage your existing direct applications via the Western application portal (opens in a new window) or via UAC.(opens in a new window)

Step by step instructions are available on the How to Apply pages.

If you are an international student, you need to apply through Western Sydney University International. Step by step instructions are available on the International Admissions pages.