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What will I learn?

The aim of this course is to equip enrollees with the skills and knowledge to engage with empirical research either directly as a researcher, or as a policy maker critically engaging with the most recent research.


Designing a quantitative research project
Incorporating qualitative insights
Principles of sampling
Principles of survey design
Using administrative and linked datasets

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:

Specify a research question related to the policy process that is answerable using empirical methods
Communicate and critique existing research in a rigorous manner
Understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of the main empirical techniques for policy design
Understand the different forms of sampling design and their strengths/limitations
Design or critique a survey or data collection methodology

Micro-credential stack information

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Study options

Full Time (22 hours)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

To be confirmed


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.