Graduate Diploma of Policy and Applied Social Research

Macquarie University

This program of study develops your 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, environmental policy and human services. KEY FEATURES Offers an interdisciplinary focus with opportunities to study in diverse disciplines including politics, human geography, anthropology. comparative social policy and the politics of climate change Equips you with policy and social research skills that are widely sought after in the government, non-government and private sectors A flexible degree structure allows students to develop study plans tailored to their personal interests, by undertaking a range of units from related disciplines Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will allow students to progress into the Master of Policy and Applied Social Research. Full credit will be given for units already completed SUITABLE FOR The program is intended for those who are employed or who seek employment in community-based and non-government service organisations (NGOs), policy agencies in government, local government, trade unions, marketing and social research; and private consultancy. It is also suitable for anyone wanting to study social research at an advanced (or postgraduate) level. Career Opportunities PROFESSIONS Some of the options open to graduates of this degree include: activism and advocacy in fields concerned with social justice and social policy and journalism human services policy analysis and planning public opinion and market research social and community services social research teaching in the field of social science EMPLOYERS Our postgraduate programs equip graduates with policy and social research skills that are widely sought after in the government, non-government and private sectors. Postgraduates now work in: policy roles in local, state and federal public sectors non-government agencies in policy and advocacy roles trade unions social research and marketing companies research positions within academic and other research bodies

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 084530A
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 1 year
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


Recognised internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia.Our research is leading the way in ground-breaking discoveries. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time.


Led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton, Macquarie is home to five faculties. The fifth and newest – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – was formed in 2014. We are also home to some of Australia’s most exceptional facilities – hubs of innovation that unite our students, researchers, academics and partners to achieve extraordinary things.The Macquarie story,Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,Strategy and initiatives Governance,Faculties and departments,Offices and units Job opportunities Our campus Campus services and facilities News and events Contacts and maps.



  • Research
    The world is a big place. Its challenges are many and they are often complex. But for every challenge there is a solution, growing in somebody’s mind. Macquarie University was founded with a distinct purpose: to bring pioneering minds together and free them from traditional boundaries. To invite perspectives that had previously gone unheard. And together, boldly imagine new ways of thinking. With an enviable reputation for research excellence and a driving desire to produce solutions with real-world impact, our discoveries are paving the way to a brighter future.
  • Connect
    The history, achievements and ambitions of Macquarie University are quite remarkable – we are a university like no other. Recognised globally for our excellence in key research disciplines and innovation, our many and varied partners enjoy a valuable place on our team. We’re home to some of Australia’s most exceptional facilities. Working with our partners, we foster a climate where collaboration thrives in the search for breakthrough discoveries that can have truly life-changing outcomes and benefit the world in which we live. With a long history of highly productive and collaborative relationships with communities, government, academic peers and organisations of all sizes – all of whom share our desire for discovery – Macquarie provides our partners with education, research partnerships, and connections to world-leading researchers, world class faculty and students.Connect with us and discover more at Macquarie.
  • Governance

    Macquarie University is made up of a Council, Professors and Academic Staff, graduates and students.
    Responsibilities and functions are bestowed upon specific groups under The Macquarie University Act 1989 and the Macquarie University By-law 2005. This is to ensure the University can achieve its stated goals: to promote scholarship, research, free inquiry, the interaction of research and teaching, and academic excellence.

  • Library
    Macquarie University library provides access to millions of print and electronic resources. It features group and quiet study areas; computers, printers and copiers; presentation practice pods; a café; and high-tech robotic cranes that deliver your books in minutes.
  • Hospitals and Clinics
    Macquarie is pioneering health and wellness, with Australia’s first and only private, not-for-profit hospital on a university campus. We apply the latest research discoveries in treatment via our on-campus clinics, to support a healthier, happier community.

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