Courses Handbook 2008

311475 v.1 Master of Philosophy (Public Policy)


Course CRICOS Code: 061538E
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


This research course is designed for those intending to complete an extended piece of original research under the supervision of a staff member with interest and expertise in the subject area of research.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) or postgraduate diploma in a social science discipline from a recognised Australian tertiary institution. Prospective students are expected to have the equivalent of first or upper second-class honours.

Duration and Availability

The course is by research and normally requires one to two years full-time or equivalent part-time study. This course is only offered where adequate supervision can be provided within the Department of Social Sciences. In exceptional circumstances it maybe possible to arrange joint supervision with academic staff outside the Department. Prospective students are advised to consult the Deputy Head of the Graduate Studies or Department of Social Sciences to ensure that supervision is available in the area of their research proposal. The course is available to both full-time and part-time students.

Course Organisation

This course is studied as a research degree. The content of the degree should be determined in consultation with the Deputy Head of Graduate Studies in the Department of Social Sciences. Students without prior studies in research methods and statistical data analysis will be required to undertake relevant preparatory units. This will increase the stated course duration.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

It is a requirement that two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and only one-third by coursework. Students should not enrol in this research degree to receive a related postgraduate diploma but rather have undertaken it as a requisite for admission.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1
311476 v.1   Master Thesis - Public Policy


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2008 Bentley Campus Research Term 1 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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