Master of Social Science
You'll develop and conduct original social science research in consultation with 2 supervisors.
Select your research interest area from:
- Global studies - international development, international relations, globalisation and cultural studies
- Applied social science - social and political theory, social policy, evaluation theory and practice, social and cultural history, social work and youth work theory and practice, criminology and community development
- Environment and planning - urban and environmental policy and planning, and housing.
You'll complete the course Research Strategies in Semester 1 and undertake a candidature confirmation seminar by the end of your first year.
The majority of the program is given over to your independent research thesis under expert supervision.
If your first language is not English, you can join a professional English support class at no extra cost.
The Master of Social Science will expand your professional knowledge and networks and enhance your career prospects. It will also assist you in producing socially useful research.
Program entry requirements
Entry into a Research program at RMIT is not based solely on academic achievement and applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements to be considered for candidature.
One of the following:
- Successful completion of an Australian Masters by Coursework degree or equivalent graded as a credit average (GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00).
- Successful completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma or equivalent with a credit average (GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00).
- Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent with a credit average (GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00) or above in the final year of study or successful completion of an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree or equivalent.
All research programs require you to:
- Submit a research proposal outlining:
- area of research to be undertaken
- research methodology
- literature review
- expected outcome/s of research.
- Identify a suitable RMIT academic supervisor. Research candidatures are subject to the availability of an academic supervisor and suitability of research.
- Submit a folio or additional information if you are applying for a studio based research program within the art, architecture or design related disciplines on request.
English language requirements
To undertake most research programs at RMIT, you must have achieved one of the following English proficiency test results within the last 2 years:
- Academic IELTS (minimum score) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B (no band less than Good)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
Last updated January 6, 2016