University of Technology Sydney

15636 Applied Policy Research Project

12cp; This is a project-based subject that runs across Autumn and Spring semesters. There is a face-to-face component at the start of each semester, and regular meetings with project supervisors throughout the year.
Requisite(s): 15627 Foundations in Public Policy AND 15628 Making Public Policy AND 15641 Evidence and Research for Decision Making AND 15642 Public Sector Governance


The Applied Policy Research Project provides skills for students to conduct primary and secondary research in public policy and governance context; to link their work to current literature, including readings derived from any of the subjects they have undertaken; and to write a stand-alone research report.

This is the capstone research project for the Master of Applied Policy. The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills to undertake public policy research. In this subject, students prepare a research proposal that responds to a research problem set by an external sponsor. They also conduct research and write a research report.

Students refine the research problem and develop a research question, and put forward a research design and associated data gathering methodologies in order to address the research question. They review the literature in order to link their work to current material on the topic, including readings derived from any of the subjects undertaken as foundation and elective subjects. In this process, they work with a supervisor, who advises them in carrying out the reading, research and writing necessary to plan and prepare for the research project and complete the report.

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