School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

Master of Research (MRes)

From 2018, the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry will offer a new 2 year degree: Master of Research (MRes). Doing your MRes with us will involve one year of research training (including the opportunity to work on a community project), and a second year devoted to a thesis (25,000 - 30,000 words in length). The MRes suits students who have just finished their undergraduate degrees but who want the applied skills and industry recognition that comes with the MRes. It also suits those returning to study and also students interested in gaining extra research training on the way to a PhD. Bigger than a final Honours year and faster than a PhD, the Master of Research is perfect for students who want in-class training from experts in social research methods and who also crave the freedom of independent research and writing time.

In the first year, MRes students will do four subjects that provide a comprehensive foundation in social research methods. These subjects are:LHA401/901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice; LHA402/902: The Researcher: People, Places, Methods; LHA403/903: The Project and the Plan and a choice of one discipline specific subject from the following areas: History, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, Languages, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies and Cultural Studies.

Students can apply for entry at any time (mid year entry is fine), and it can be undertaken part-time. For domestic students the first year of the Masters of Research (called the Bachelor of Research) counts as a commonwealth supported place, while the 2nd year is fee free. For International students, international student fees apply. For more information about applying see the Graduate Research School webpage and apply online here: http://www.uow.edu.au/research/grs/prospective/UOW212174.html

Degree Structure 

The MRES will accept enrolments in Autumn and Spring. Students who enroll in Autumn and Spring will have a slightly different structure to their first year.

For students enrolling at the start of the year (in Autumn semester), they will follow the “A” path, completing:

  • LHA401/901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice (12 cp)
  • Discipline Specific Subject ***470/970

In their second semester, students will complete:

  • LHA402/902 The Researcher: People, Places, Methods (12cp)
  • LHA403/903 The Project and the Plan (12cp).

For students who enroll mid-year, (in Spring semester), they will follow the “B” Path completing:

  • LHA402/902 The Researcher: People, Places, Methods (12cp)
  • LHA401/901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice (12 cp)

In their second semester, students will complete:

  • LHA403/903 The Project and the Plan (12cp).
  • Discipline Specific Subject ***470/970

With these “A” and “B” paths, all MRES/BRES students have the opportunity to complete LHA401/901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice (12 cp) first, and also end their first year with LHA403/903 The Project and the Plan (12cp).

Degree Structure Flowchart   

Subject Descriptions

LHA401/901 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice (12 cp) offered Autumn and Spring
Our research is only as ever as good as our capacity to communicate it. Developing skills as a writer is an essential part of learning to be an effective researcher; it's how we convince and persuade our readers, challenge beliefs and advocate for a different viewpoint. The art of persuasion relies heavily on our relationship to words and their capacity to spark the imagination and open up new ways of thinking and new worlds. This subject takes students through key aspects of becoming an academic writer and producing high-quality, well informed and effective research that is based in sound argumentation skills, attention to disciplinary genres, style and the development of an academic voice.


LHA402/902: The Researcher: People, Places, Methods (12 cp) offered Spring
What does it mean to be a 'researcher'? How does the researcher produce data, information and facts in a way that is trustworthy and persuasive? This subject takes students through key aspects of becoming a researcher and producing high-quality, well-informed and effective research. The subject investigates the different types of research methods available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences: for example, interviews, digital archives, ethnographies, focus groups, participant observation, statistics and surveys. It will familiarise students with a variety of research techniques, protocols, integrity and ethics, and provide hands-on experience with different research methods. It will highlight the connection between academic research and the wider community.


LHA403/903: The Project and the Plan (12 cp) offered Spring 2018, thereafter Aut&Spring

This subject offers a combination of coursework and in class training in project management and thesis planning, as well as the opportunity to complete a preliminary research project. The project is undertaken under the supervision of a supervisor and subject co-ordinator, and will contain elements such as (for example) a literature review or scoping for a major research project to be undertaken in the 2nd year of the MRes. Students will also have the opportunity to work on research projects for community and industry groups.

Last reviewed: 29 August, 2017