Master of Social Science (Honours)


Program Code 11440
Graduate Level Postgraduate
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CRICOS Code 041318E
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The Master of Social Science (Honours) program is designed for students with a distinction grade average in 80 units of the courses for the coursework Master of Social Science degree. It enables students to pursue a 40 unit minor thesis option. Students are expected to successfully complete a 15,000-20,000 word minor thesis on a topic selected in consultation with a nominated supervisor from the School of Social Sciences. The course can be undertaken full-time over one semester or part-time over two semesters.

Why study with us?

This program allows the student to utilise critical analysis and skills associated with critical questioning and the synthesis of knowledge. Students will also develop skills in planning, implementing and managing social research, social policy and social programs.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in government and non-government areas in keeping with the specialisations undertaken in the program.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit for information on how to gain entry.

Admission to the Master of Social Science (Honours) requires the application after the successful completion of the Master of Social Science with a GPA of 6.0 (distinction average).

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

Students will complete a 40 unit minor thesis (SOCA6500) to qualify for the 120 unit Master of Social Science (Honours) award in accordance with the Schedule provisions. For further information please contact the Program Convenor.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
SOCA6500 Minor Thesis Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
40 units