Master of Public Policy: Population Change Specialisation
Address global population growth and decline
Gain demographic research skills to inform policy. In this specialisation you will learn to analyse and interpret demographic data so that you can develop policies that will help communities navigate the pressures of population change.
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of the study, you should have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate and apply demographic theory;
- Review and critique demographic literature;
- Formulate demographic research questions;
- Locate demographic data and evaluate their quality and utility;
- Implement appropriate methods for demographic analysis and interpret the results;
- Use demographic research to inform policy.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world. We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life. The Master of Public Policy study will prepare you for policy-making roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis.
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
· Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
· 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
· Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must show English language proficiency by meeting ANU's English Language Requirements for admission to study this course.
Credit for previous study or work
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units.
Population growth and decline produce complex problems for policymakers. Population change exerts a significant impact on communities, families, and institutions, with differential policy impacts in different countries and economic circumstances. While much attention is focused on demographic ageing in high-income countries, middle and lower income countries also face significant demographic challenges as life expectancy increases and fertility rates decline, with significant implications for a wide range of economic and social policies. The analysis of demographic change and its implications contributes to the informed policy making needed to address the complex problems that population growth and decline produce.
This specialisation enables students to study population change issues with a focus on analysing demographic change in different contexts. The specialisation will equip students with skills in analysing and interpreting demographic data and indicators, and their application to economic and social issues in a comparative perspective.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, subjects in this degree can include:
- Principles of Population Analysis
- Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives
- International Migration
- Spatial Population Data Analysis
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
The Master of Public Policy Specialisation: Population Change requires 24 of the 96 units for the Master of Public Policy must be from the list of courses in the specified area.