Master of Policy and Applied Social Research

Macquarie University

This degree develops students' skills in applied social research and the analysis of policy in social context. The core units, provided through the Department of Sociology, 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 offer allow students to focus on other areas of social research and policy including migration, human rights, sustainable development, public policy and cross-cultural communication.

Course Fee:

Australian: $29,520
International: $51,600

Entry Requirements:

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in social sciences; a GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00).


48 credit points at 800 level or above

Subjects you can Study:

Policy and applied social research

Study Pathways:

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Policy of Applied Social Research

Further information:

This course is available for internal study only. Full-time and part-time study modes are available.

Who for:

Those working in service delivery programs wishing to transition into, or advance in, policy roles, those returning to the workforce and seeking a job in policy or social research, and those looking to change career into policy and social research

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
North Ryde No info Yes Part time 3 years
Established in Sydney in 1964, Macquarie University is a progressive voice among universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Created during a time of extraordinary social transformation to be a different kind of university, it was and will always be a bold experiment in higher education.

True to its founders' vision, the University has challenged the conventional thinking of academia through innovations in its campus set-up, curricula, interdisciplinary research, and engagement with industry and the wider community.

More than 40,000 students are enrolled annually across five faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Human Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

Over the years, the campus has become a magnet for a constellation of companies - all local and global leaders in dynamic sectors including information technology and healthcare - which means greater access to career opportunities for its graduates.

The University is imbuing all of its undergraduate curricula with an emphasis on civic and professional participation. Its PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program takes students into working and social environments that enrich their experiences and connections, and open their minds to engaging as active world citizens.

The Macquarie University campus in North Ryde is connected to the Sydney CBD by fast and efficient transport - 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.

Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

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