Masters Degree (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a social science discipline, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average), within the previous five years; or
Completion of an AQF level 8 qualification in any discipline, within the previous five years; or
Other qualifications recognised by the Dean, College of Arts, Society and Education as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Special admission requirements
Offers will be made for a specified major based on the applicant’s academic and professional experience. Admitted students wishing to transfer to another major must seek approval from the relevant Major Coordinator.
36 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Social Science, graduates will be able to:
SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
SS5012:12 Social Science Coursework Masters Thesis
Select a major from the Table A
Type of major
Credit points in major
18 credit points
Majors may be available for mid-year entry. Approval will need to be sought from the course coordinator.
Major includes external components - not available to International students requiring a Student Visa
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Not all majors are available externally
Expected time to complete
18 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy associated procedures
18 credit points
Up to 12 credit points of advanced standing will be granted for an AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree or Graduate Diploma in a cognate* discipline for SS5103:06 and up to 6 credit points for optional subjects from the major
* Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Human Services, Indigenous Studies, Political science, Sociology.
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course
MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
The major studied shall appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the relevant number of credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Social Science