Master of Social Science (Global, Urban and Social Studies)

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 079693B

Level of study: Masters Degrees


This research degree develops advanced research principles, methods and mastery of a body of knowledge in the social sciences by completing a thesis or research project.

Your challenge will be not just to generate new knowledge but also to investigate how this knowledge can inform action.

Individually supervised research programs are available in three key areas: the social, the urban and the global.

RMIT University has particular expertise in the fields of:

urban planning and housing studies
globalisation, languages and cultures studies
applied linguistics, translating and interpreting
international development and relations
community development
social and public policy
social work.

Through the program you’ll experience and nurture industry partnerships and collaborate with other researchers while gaining creative, technical and communication skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts.


This program will provide you with a foundation for further studies at PhD level and for employment in senior leadership and management research-based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate environments.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
30,720 Per Year 01 Feb 2024
01 May 2024
01 Aug 2024
2 years
Full time
RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

The minimum requirements for admission to a master by research program are:

a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a credit average in the final year; or
evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of credit represents academic achievement of 60% or higher.

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
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