Program Studi Double Degree

International Double-Degree Program (S2)

MA Sociology, Universitas Gadjah Mada &

Master of Social Policy, The University of Melbourne


Program Description

This is an International Double-Degree program in which students will undertake both MA in Sociology (with a special emphasis on Labour and Social Security) at UGM (Yogyakarta) and Master of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The establishment of this program is to meet the urgent need for specialised academic training in social policy, especially on employee social security. From 1 January 2014, the Indonesian government began establishing the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan (Employee Social Security Agency) following the enactment of Law Number 40/2004 on the National Social Security System (SJSN) and Law Number 24/2011 on the Social Security Provision Agency (Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial, BPJS) in which the delivery of social security is divided into two organisations. BPJS Kesehatan (General Health Insurance) for universal health insurance, and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan (Employee Insurance) for work-related risks and entitlements.

Meanwhile, there has not been adequate academic effort to study current and future challenges in improving the provision of social security. Therefore, Universitas Gadjah Mada in partnership with BPJS Ketenagakerjaan and the University of Melbourne have initiated this Double-Degree program. The distinguishing feature of this program is that students will have an opportunity to learn about the current dynamics of labour and social security issues in an Indonesian context, while at the same time they will also gain substantial knowledge of the same issue in a global context. Such academic training will provide students with both rich theoretical understanding and high quality practical skills for putting their knowledge into practice. This program is designed for employees of government bodies working on social security provision and individuals working for NGOs or private sector in the field of social service provision or social policy/program analysis and planning.


Projected Competencies of Graduates

The graduates of this program will have:

  • Systematic understanding on the body of knowledge of sociology and broader social sciences
  • Solid knowledge of the foundations and principles of social policy in a comparative perspective
  • Comprehensive understanding of the varied models of social security provision in a global context
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills in social policy
  • Visionary organisational leadership and management skills


Courses in the MA in Sociology at UGM

  • Classical Sociological Theories
  • Contemporary Sociological Theories
  • Research Methodology
  • The Political Economy of Social Security
  • The Development of Social Policy and Social Security in Indonesia
  • Social Capital and The Local Governance of Social Security
  • Labour Movements and Social Security
  • Contemporary Issues of Social Policy
  • Comparative Social Policy- delivered jointly by lecturers from Melbourne and UGM at UGM
  • Social Policy and Development- delivered jointly by lecturers from Melbourne and UGM at UGM
  • Thesis


Courses for the Master of Social Policy at UoM

  • Foundations of Social Policy
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Social Research Design and Evaluation
  • Governance and Social Policy
  • Executive Internship
  • Project based Analysis

Lecturers and Professors at UGM

  • Prof Sunyoto Usman
  • Prof HeruNugroho
  • Prof Tadjuddin Nur Effendi
  • Prof Aries Ananta
  • Prof Wahyudi Kumorotomo
  • Prof Susetiawan
  • Dr Arie Sujito
  • Dr Amelia Maika
  • Dr Arie Setyaningrum
  • Dr Dinna Wisnu
  • Dr Hakimul Ikhwan
  • Dr Stephen Miller
  • Dr Evi Nurvidya Arifin
  • Dr Max Lane
  • Dr Suharko
  • Dr Wawan Mas’udi
  • Dr Najib Azca
  • Dr Falikul Isbah
  • Dr Nurhadi


Lecturers and Professors at UoM

  • John Murphy
  • Paul Smyth
  • Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves
  • Dr Irma Mooi-Reci
  • Dr Rennie Lee


Academic Support Office

During their study at UGM, students will enjoy an international standard academic support staffed by English native speakers through the following programs:

  • An English Study Group
  • Assistance with academic writing in English
  • A Workshop on presentations, lobbying, and the writing of policy briefs
  • Field visits and observation
  • Regular seminar presentations by relevant experts, policy makers and practitioners
  • Pre-departure training before going to Melbourne
  • Cross-culture understanding training


Scholarship is available for Limited Number of Students



Aug-Oct ‘17 Nov ‘17 –Jan ’18 End of Feb-Early Nov ’18 Dec ‘18– Feb ’19
1st term at UGM 2nd term at UGM 1st & 2nd Semesters 2018 at UoM Final project/thesis at UGM
5 Core subjects of MA Sociology UGM 2 Subjects by joint-delivery (UGM-UoM)


4 Subjects on Labour and Social Security

4 Core subjects of the Master of Social Policy


Internship &

Project-based Analysis



Entry Requirements

  1. Academic background in a cognate discipline (eq. social sciences, politics, economy, demography etc.) with minimum GPA 3.00 of 4.00 scale
  2. English proficiency proved with ILTS Score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or International TOEFL (paper-based test) 577+or (internet-based test) 79+
  3. Administrative requirements are listed at



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Enquiries about the program

Dr. M. Falikul Isbah

Office of Departemen Sosiologi

Gedung BA, lantai 3, FISIPOL UGM

Jl. Sosio Yustisia, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta 55281

Telp    : 0274-563362 ext 364

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