Macquarie University logo

Undergraduate | MAQ-SOCX2000 | 2024

Social Research Methods

Previously MAQ-SOCX224

Course information for 2024 intake

View information for 2023 course intake

Integrate an array of social research methods into your skill set. Weigh up statistical research techniques. Look through case studies and engage in textual analysis. Structure your work by learning to formulate robust research questions.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

Start dates

  • 22 July 2024
View 2023 dates

Price from


Upfront cost


HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject , you will be able to:

    1. apply knowledge of the major qualitative and quantitative social research methods to answer important social questions.
    2. use statistical software (such as SPSS or R) to analyse quantitative data, and use thematic analysis to analyse qualitative data.
    3. articulate important problems and debates that face social researchers, including the scientific status of social research; the strengths and weaknesses of various methods; validity and reliability; and ethical considerations.
    4. scope a research problem, design research study, pilot your proposed methods, and write a research proposal to address a serious social issue.
    5. collect and analyse original data (qualitative and quantitative), and to be able to write this up and present it as professional academic research

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-SGY240 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-SOCX224 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) SGY240, SOC224, SOC234, SOCX224 Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards) SOCI2000 Methods of Social Research

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

Macquarie University logo


Bachelor of Arts

Single subject FAQs