Graduate Diploma in Development Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Development Studies degree sheds light on the challenges in achieving sustainable economic development on a local, national and global scale. Bringing together critical theories from across the social sciences, this expansive cross-disciplinary program allows you to specialise in topics such as international relations, political economy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, anthropology, linguistics, public health, human geography, economics and sociology.

With a grounding in such wide?ranging areas of study, you will leave this program with a comprehensive awareness of the development industry and its real-world applications in poverty reduction, project design and international organisations.
As a Master of Development Studies candidate, you can take advantage of the region’s greatest concentration of esteemed and active researchers in the developing world, while building on the insights from a diverse international student body.

The program provides hands-on experience in Development Studies as you train to become an effective administrator and planner. Our program offers exciting opportunities to put your development knowledge into practice, including chances to participate in a research project on a community- based organisation in Sydney, internship electives at local or international non-government organisations and a field trip to Indonesia.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in Development Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 6 credit points from core elective units of study; and
(c) 12 credit points from elective units of study.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in local, national, international and transnational development organisations and aid agencies, local and national government and non-government organisations and private sector firms. Development Studies also provides you with skills to become more effective development sector administrators, researchers, development planners, educators and managers.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Development Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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