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Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research
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Build skills in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation. Provide critical social analysis of contemporary social policy issues and the policy process to work in research, planning, social justice, community services and journalism
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- 15 Nov 20
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
- explain key processes through which social policy is developed
- assess how to appropriately apply either qualitative or quantitative methods to selected social research questions
- compare and critique different policy designs
- explain key aspects of social policy development processes
- explain and understand social research tools
- apply ethically and socially informed judgements to the use of social research
- communicate sociological concepts effectively to academic, policy and organisational audiences
- reflect on the role of social researchers in policy processes.
This degree is beneficial for those employed or who seek employment in community-based and non-government service organisations; policy agencies in government; trade unions; local government; marketing and social research; and private consultancy. Many current students already work in social research jobs for government, the private sector and community organisations.
This degree is also beneficial for those wishing to embark on careers in social research, policy analysis and planning, social and community services, human services, public opinion, teaching in the field of social science or developing themselves as activists and advocates in fields concerned with social justice and social policy, and journalism.
Applicants must hold an Australian level 7 Bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of 4.5 out of 7.0 or an Australian level 7 bachelors’ qualification or recognised equivalent in relevant field with GPA of 4.0 out of 7.0
English Proficiency Requirements
International students require IELTS of 6.5, with minimum 6.0 in each band
Applicants should contact the degree coordinator for information about Credit policies at Macquarie University.
Macquarie University recognises formal, informal and non-formal learning to support an individual's lifelong learning goals. An application for RPL will need the following support:
1. Official Academic transcript including all grades, on an institution letterhead. If your supporting documents are in a language other than English, this must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
2. Subject/Subject outlines
You need to supply a copy of the subject outline to support your request for exemption of subjects at Macquarie University.
Suitable portfolio items e.g. Certificates from accredited degrees, results from other non-credited degrees, certificates and statements from employer degrees or professional bodies, employment history and position descriptions, employers verifying your knowledge, skill and experience, details of community activities involving significant responsibilities, on-the-job assessment record, performance management reports etc.
To apply please refer to section F on the degree application form or contact us at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services for more information
Students who have completed degrees or degrees in similar disciplines can apply for exemptions subject to providing the appropriate documentation.
To request for a prerequisite waiver, please refer to Macquarie's website at https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/non_award
Please note: All Macquarie subjects are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.
The degree is intended to develop your capabilities in applied social research and policy development. It enables you to build conceptual understanding and practical skills across a range of areas, including qualitative and basic quantitative social research methods and research design, evaluation and reflective as well as critical social analysis of contemporary policy issues, social policy and the policy process.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Policy and Applied Social Research students must complete four subjects.
A student who is taking an unduly long time to complete a program of study may be excluded from further enrolment. An unduly long period of time is considered to be effective enrolment longer than 4 years for Graduate Certificates.
On completion of admission you are bound by the University Terms and Conditions and must comply with present and future By-laws, Rules, Codes, and Policies, Procedures and Schedulesof Macquarie University.
Students who did not commence their program in the current year are required to follow the program structure provided to them at the time of admission.
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Students in the Graduate Certificate Policy and Applied Social Research must complete 4 compulsory units.
This degree is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Macquarie University before they can enrol in subjects through OUA .
Students will need to submit an application form by mail with originals or certified copies and evidence of their previous degrees and academic transcripts.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research are due the Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment date for the study term you are applying for.
Please complete the application form.
The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research has undergone a major change in 2017.
The new course structure is for new students commencing in 2017 and current students may follow the old structure.
Please contact Macquarie University for further assistance at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services.
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You can apply for government funding or pay up-front.