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

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Social Science at Western

eResearch and Social Analytics is suitable for anyone interested in how information technologies are shaping our contemporary world. It is designed for those pursuing a career which involves critical analysis of these effects and is ideal if you have a background in social policy, organisational work or the humanities and want to develop new skills in contemporary social analytics. Alternatively, if you have a background in statistics, computer sciences or technology and want to apply your skills in the social field.

As is the case with all social theory this specialisation will help you better understand your world and your place in it. More specifically, it will help you 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.

This specialisation is unique to Western Sydney University. and will enable you 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.

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.

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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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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.