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The Master of Applied Population Studies by coursework is a 72-unit program offered by the School of the Environment within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Applied Population Studies and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Applied Population Studies, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The graduate programs in Applied Population Studies stress the interdisciplinary nature of Population Studies and the inter-relationships between population, health, environment, development and a diversity of other areas including ageing and population sustainability.

The programs emphasise teaching and research in migration, regional development, labour force, ageing, mortality and health, fertility and family planning, and population policies.

The programs cater for students from both developed and Developing Countries and provide a balanced study of Population Issues and methods.

The Master of Applied Population Studies provides students with advanced knowledge of the theoretical and analytical aspects of Population Studies and other related issues and permits an in-depth study on a topic of the student's choice through the completion of a research report.

Students completing The Masters degree will be able to carry out research and analysis on population and related issues, analyse population data, and prepare research reports with a view to applying the results to various fields.

Learning outcomes

Students completing The Master of Applied Population Studies are expected to be able to:

  • analyse data on population and related issues
  • interpret population trends
  • prepare research reports with a view to applying the results to various fields.

Program of study

To qualify for The Master of Applied Population Studies by coursework, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

22.5 units comprising:

GEOG4700  Population Issues of Developed and Developing Countries  (4.5 units)
PPHR9701  Population Studies GE  (4.5 units)
PPHR9762  Applied Population Data Analysis - Direct and Indirect Techniques  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Plus 9 units from List 1 topics below

Plus 9 units from List 2 topics below 

Elective - Year 1 topics*

Plus a 4.5 unit postgraduate topic from across the University where entry requirements are met.

 *Students with non-mathematics backgrounds are strongly encouraged to take the following topic.

 PPHR9751  Mathematics and Statistics for Population Studies  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

9 units comprising:

 ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9772  Human Resource Development  (4.5 units)

Plus one of the following sequences

Sequence 1

27 units comprising 

 PPHR9710  Supervised Research Project in Population Studies  (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units from List 1 topics below

Plus 9 units from List 2 topics below

Sequence 2

27 units comprising 

 PPHR9700A  Masters Coursework Project in Population Studies  (4.5/9 units) 
 PPHR9700B  Masters Coursework Project in Population Studies  (4.5/9 units)

Plus 13.5 units from List 1 topics below

Plus 4.5 units from List 2 topics below

Sequence 3

27 units comprising 

 PPHR9720A  Masters Coursework Project in Population Studies  (4.5/18 units)
 PPHR9720B  Masters Coursework Project in Population Studies  (4.5/18 units)
 PPHR9720C  Masters Coursework Project in Population Studies  (4.5/18 units)
 PPHR9720D  Masters Coursework Project in Population Studies  (4.5/18 units)

Plus 4.5 units from List 1 topics below

Plus 4.5 units from List 2 topics below

List 1 topics

 DVST8701  Sustainable Development GE  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9601  Strategic Thinking and Planning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9762  Introduction to Statistics  (4.5 units)
 ENVH7711  Environmental Health Concepts  (4.5 units)
 ENVH7731  Sustainable Development: Health Issues  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9701   Sustainable Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2721  Computing Methods in Geography  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8712  Asian Regional Development GE  (4.5 units)
 PHCA1507  Introduction to Public Health  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9505  Primary Health Care Practice in Developing Countries  (9 units)
 PHCA9510  Leadership and the New Public Health  (4.5 units)
 POAD9017  Contemporary Public Policy: Theoretical Perspectives  (4.5 units)
 POAD9018  Housing Policy  (4.5 units)
 POAD9026  Management in Non-Government Organisations  (4.5 units)
 POAD9119  Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance  (4.5 units)
 POAD9125  Organisational Politics, Culture and Management  (4.5 units)
 POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance  (4.5 units)
 POAD9136  Culture and Public Policy  (4.5 units)
 WMST8003  The Global Woman: Introduction to Gender and Development  (4.5 units)

List 2 topics

 PPHR9741  Women's Health and Child Survival  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9742  Population and Environment  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9752  Population Mobility  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9730  Professional Placement in Population Studies  (4.5 units) 

or any topic from List 1

Note: Other topics may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.