Arts and Social Sciences
Master of Social Science
What to expect
How to apply
A JCU Master of Social Science equips students with the knowledge, skills and strategies that provide the key proficiencies for a broad range of occupations. Postgraduate students have the advanced capability to identify complex problems and pose creative solutions to social and environmental challenges facing societies around the world.
The skills gained from a JCU Master of Social Science are sought by organisations such as government agencies, the education sector, industry and commerce, and indigenous organisations.
Job opportunities include:
- Public health services policy analysis and development
- Research roles that involve analysis and critical evaluation of social systems, institutions, structures and practices
- Advocacy for diverse social sciences-related programs
JCU Social Sciences is a leader in empirical learning with a focus on contemporary social economic and environmental issues in tropical societies. JCU students learn about the critical processes of transformation that will shape communities’ and environments’ future wellbeing.
During this 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) master’s course, JCU postgraduate social science students study a combination of core subjects and specialist electives, deepening their knowledge in their selected major. All major streams include a research thesis.
The Master of Social Science focusses on equipping students with the knowledge and practical skills to work towards solving complex contemporary issues of social policy, governance, cultural heritage, and resource management. JCU students benefit from a unique learning environment, dedicated to the advancement of Asia-Pacific and Tropical societies.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects
The JCU Master of Social Science offers three major streams.
Asia-Pacific Governance and Development
Gain knowledge and practical skills while learning about issues that are highly relevant to today's social, governance and policy-development challenges. As part of this major, students design and execute a substantial social science research-based project on a topic negotiated with their supervisor.
This major provides students with advanced knowledge of social theory, practice and professional ethics. JCU postgraduates are ready and equipped to make a difference in communities around the world.
Environment and Heritage
Students develop highly sought after knowledge and skills associated with natural and cultural heritage and resource management. This major stream is undertaken by coursework and builds on undergraduate learning by developing an in-depth understanding of cultural heritage management, environmental impact assessment, and regional environmental history.
Students undertake a research project completing a thesis on a topic as negotiated by their supervisor.
Benefiting from expert lecturers, JCU students develop highly sought-after skills and knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and cultural considerations. As part of this major, students undertake a research thesis on a topic negotiated with their supervisor.
JCU provides a unique and vibrant hub in which to respectfully explore cultural, linguistic, economic, social and religious diversity among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
What you need to know before you apply
Certified copies of supporting documents
You must supply the following information with your application:
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to email@example.com. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:
James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.
Credit and Articulation
Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.
As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.
Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.
If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.
How to apply
Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.
Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.
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Help with your application
If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +61 7 4781 5601
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
SS5012:12 Social Science Coursework Masters Thesis
Select a major from the Table A
TABLE A (MAJORS)
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 credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
18 credit points
Up to 12 credit points of credit 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.
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$32,280 (Estimate only)
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.