Master of Public Policy: Social Research Methods Specialisation
Develop the skills to execute sound research
Gain skills to improve the policy-making process through research methods. Investigate how people act by developing theory-backed research questions. Launch a social research career in public or private sectors or build a foundation to start a PhD.
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of the study, you should be able to:
- Critically evaluate statistical social research used in academia, government and industry;
- Formulate a research question and undertake analytical techniques appropriate for answering stated research question;
- Present and interpret multivariate statistical research results;
- Understand when to use particular multivariate techniques, and the assumptions that underlie them.
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 Social Research Methods specialisation will advance your career by providing much sought methodological skills to carry out social science research in both the government and private employment sectors. It also provides a solid foundation for undertaking PhD research.
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.
How does one choose the correct methods and analysis strategies to understand important problems facing dynamic and complex societies today?
The Master of Public Policy Social Research Methods Specialisation equips students with the methods and techniques for analysing a broad range of social science data and research questions. Students are taught how to develop their own theoretically-driven social research questions and choose appropriate research designs.
Identifying, interpreting and presenting research findings to a general audience is also an important part of the training provided.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, subjects in this degree can include:
- Survey Data Analysis
- Qualitative Research Analysis
- Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data
- Qualitative data collection
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: Social Research Methods requires 24 of the 96 units for the Master of Public Policy must be from the list of courses in the specified area.