Master of Development Studies

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

The Master of Development Studies 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 Master of Development Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a minimum of 6 credit points from core elective units of study; and

(c) a maximum of 36 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Development Studies subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study from other faculties; and

(d) a minimum of 12 credit points from capstone units of study.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

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 Master of Development Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the Social Sciences, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Development Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

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.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

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).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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