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Master of Policy and Applied Social Research with the degree of Master of Development Studies


Faculty of Arts
Master of Policy and Applied Social Research with the degree of Master of Development Studies (MPASRMDevStud)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in social sciences, politics,international relations, law, sociology, anthropology, development studies, human geography, media, communications, history, cultural studies, or a related discipline
• GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00)
Required Supporting Documents:
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2.5 years
Part-time: 5 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 80
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Applied Anthropology: Why Does Culture Matter? (4)
Development Theory and Practice (4)
Culture, Health and Disease (4)
Developing Social Policy (4)
Evaluation and the Policy Process (4)
Doing Social Survey Research (4)
North, South, East, West: Comparative Social Policy (4)
4cp from
Research Methods in Anthropology (4)
Qualitative Methods (4)
12cp from
Activism and Policy Design (4)
Professional Internships in Social Research (4)
Social Care and Human Services (4)
Political Economy for Social Policy and Research (4)
Work and Employment (4)
Sociology of Institutions and Organisations (4)
Advanced Quantitative Methods (4)
8cp from
Race, Nation and Ethnicity (4)
Anthropology of Human Rights and Intervention (4)
Indigenous Interests and Identities (4)
Economics of Public Issues (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
Climate Change: Policies, Management and Adaptation (4)
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)
Urban Social Impact Assessment (4)
Policy Research Project (4)
Case Studies in Politics and Policy (4)
Health Policy (4)
Gender and Policy (4)
Public Policy and International Law (4)
Parties, Elections and Campaigns (4)
Intergovernmental Relations (4)
Internship Project (4)
Activism and Policy Design (4)
Professional Internships in Social Research (4)
Social Care and Human Services (4)
Political Economy for Social Policy and Research (4)
Work and Employment (4)
Sociology of Institutions and Organisations (4)
Advanced Quantitative Methods (4)
1 specialisation




AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 095116B
Overview and Aims of the Program This double degree develops your skills in applied social research and the analysis of policy in social context and development studies. The core units of this degree are offered in anthropology and sociology. The goal of the Master of Development Studies is to train and equip scholars and practitioners with the knowledge and innovative skills needed to address development and health related issues in our globalized world. The program emphases the interactions between the larger global forces shaping health and development and the community and individual experiences and responses to these forces. We thus offer a space for students to theoretically frame and practically address the social, cultural, environmental and political-economic dynamics within development, humanitarian and global health practice and how these dynamics coalesce and affect people's lives. The Master of Policy and Applied Social Research core units focus on designing and conducting applied research, on the evaluation process, and on understanding and analysing policy in the fields of social policy and human services. Electives allow students to focus on other areas of social research and policy including migration, human rights, sustainable development, public policy and cross-cultural communication.
Graduate Capabilities

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Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
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Program Standards and Quality

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Graduate Destinations and Employability This degree develops skills which are relevant for development, humanitarian, political and policy-related work in government and non-government organisations, and in businesses with an interest in public policy decision making and development. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of political and policy processes, and analyse a wide range of current and real-world policies. Students also learn applied research skills and policy knowledge, and have opportunities to work on a project in a work setting. Graduates include public servants in Commonwealth, state and local government, ministerial advisers, parliamentary and electorate staff, lobbyists, and policy advisors in community and advocacy organisations, or work in media, law or government relations. Graduates are also qualified to provide analysis and recommendations regarding community and development projects, feasibility studies, reviews, evaluations and social impact studies for development projects both in Australia and abroad. They are also qualified to participate directly in field research, development, humanitarian and human rights field projects. Program graduates might serve as in-country field consultants, immigrant or refugee assistance organizations and lending agencies that do work in developing countries. Some development specialists work as private consultants to Aboriginal Land Councils and contribute to policy development and shaping interventions.
Assessment Regulations

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Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

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Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148