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 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 such topics as international relations, political economy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, anthropology, linguistics, public health, human geography, economics and sociology.
With 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. Our graduates are ready to seek employment in transnational development organisations and aid agencies; local and national government and non-government organisations; and private sector firms. This program also provides career pathways across development sector administration, research, education and management, as well as development planning internationally.
As a Master of Development Studies candidate, you can take advantage of the region’s greatest concentration of esteemed and active researchers on 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 effective administrators and planners. Through a local research project on NGOs, internship electives at a local or international NGO and the chance to undertake a field trip to Indonesia, our program offers exciting opportunities to put your development knowledge to practical use.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ANTH6910 - Supervised Reading I
- ANTH6911 - Supervised Reading II
- ARTS7000 - Academic Communication for Postgraduates
- ASNS6900 - Contemporary Asian Societies
- DVST6901 - Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing
- DVST6902 - Development: Communication and Education
- DVST6904 - Rethinking Poverty
- DVST6905 - Development Project Evaluation
- DVST6906 - Culture & Politics of Health Development
- ECON5001 - Microeconomic Theory
- ECON5002 - Macroeconomic Theory
- ECON6016 - Trade and Development
- ECON6023 - International Trade
- ECOP6016 - China in the World Economy
- ECOP6101 - Core Concepts in Political Economy
- ECOP6103 - Strategic Debates on Economic Change
- EDPB5016 - Global Poverty,Social Policy and Ed
- ENVI5903 - Sustainable Development
- GCST5905 - Identity Place and Culture
- GEOS5501 - Human Rights and the Environment
- GOVT6121 - Northeast Asian Politics
- GOVT6137 - Forces of Change in Int Relations
- GOVT6156 - Governance and Civil Society
- HPOL5007 - Global Health Policy
- HRTD6903 - Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
- MIPH5112 - Global Communicable Disease Control
- MIPH5135 - Health Systems in Developing Countries
- MIPH5219 - International Health Project Management
- PACS6901 - United Nations,Peace and Security
- PACS6911 - Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
- PACS6915 - Human Rights,Peace and Justice
- PACS6922 - Peaceful Conflict Transformation
- PACS6923 - The Human Right to Food
- PACS6924 - Democracy in the Developing World
- PACS6928 - Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
- PACS6934 - Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
- PRFM6900 - Theatre and Community Development
- SCLG6913 - Human Rights Internship A
- SCLG6914 - Human Rights Internship B
Further course information
The MDVST requires the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points) (cp), including 2 core units of study (12cp), DVST6901 Development: Critical Perspectives A and DVST6902 Development: Critical Perspectives B plus 2 units of study from a designated selection (12cp). Candidates also complete 4 units of study (24cp) from the list of approved electives or in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.
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
Graduates of the Master of Development Studies degree 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 graduates with skills to become more effective administrators, researchers, development planners, educators and managers.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Development Studies requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65%) average, from the University of Sydney, 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%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through UAC - 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.
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).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
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Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.