Master of Social Science (Difference and Diversity)

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Looking for a career change? Hoping to gain a new professional qualification that will help take your career further? Or just hoping to expand your horizons? Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide you with the opportunity to diversify your skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment that enables you to thrive in your chosen field.

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Social Science at Western

Students will develop theoretical knowledge and research skills that have practical application to their profession, whether it's policing, criminology, social work, policy analysis or research. Two of the subjects in this specialisation are core units that all students must complete. It is therefore possible to add two more elective units from this specialisation and graduate with a double major.

Some students will undertake this study for personal interest, others for professional development and career advancement. For some students it will be a next step towards undertaking a PhD.

This masters program is the only in one Australia that offers a specialisation in Difference and Diversity. It allows people from a wide range of professions to develop knowledge and skills that will impact their professional practice.

We live and work in a networked multicultural and diverse global world made up of multiple differences. Understanding the ways in which these differences shape our lives has profound implications for the development of social policy and for professional practice.

Learn from the best

Western is a Top 150 University in the world for Sociology (QS World University Ranking).

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: $18,920*

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $25,480*

Delivery: On campus



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"I didn't see the point of travelling into the city for university when there was an equally good one just around the corner!"

— Annelise Thomas. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws.

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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.