SDSC - Participant Information Sheet

Review of Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) program

Strategic Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs


Project aim

SDSC is interested in the experience current and former students of the Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) have had with the program. This survey serves to inform a review of the MSS program by gathering information about current and former students’ perceptions of the topics, specialisations, difficulty level, delivery mode, internship opportunities, extra-curricular experiences, language studies, developed skills and career prospects of the MSS program.



This project is being undertaken by the Strategic Defence Studies Centre in the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs together with the Planning and Performance Measurement unit of the University. This exercise is sponsored by Professor John Blaxland, Acting Director, SDSC.

There are no agencies external to the ANU involved in the conduct of this project, and this activity does not form the basis of academic research.


Benefits to participation

Participants in this project have the opportunity to inform the review of the MSS program and contribute to future improvements to the program, ensuring that the perspectives, opinions and concerns of students like themselves are represented and closely considered.

Participants also have the opportunity to win a prize - one of five $200 visa debit cards.

After the survey is closed, the prizes will be drawn randomly from a list of survey participants. The list of participants will be separated from their response data, in order to maintain anonymity of responses. Winners will be notified by email.


Risks to participation

The survey uses non-invasive questions to ask participants about their experience with the MSS program. This may bring up upsetting or stressful memories for some participants, in a manner commensurate to that which might occur in everyday conversation. This risk to participants is therefore assessed as low.



Responses to this survey will remain confidential, so far as the law allows. Raw data will be stored securely and access will be restricted to Planning and Performance Measurement. Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that individual participants will not be identifiable in any subsequent reporting (e.g. qualitative responses will be de-identified where necessary, quantitative reporting will be suppressed for sample subgroups smaller than five people).


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It contains information about how a person can access or seek correction to their personal information. Also provided is information about how a person can complain about a breach of an Australian Privacy Principle by ANU, and how ANU will handle the complaint.



For further information about this project, please contact:

Evaluations, Planning and Performance Measurement

+61 2 6125 9503


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