The University of Sydney's Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate of Development Studies provide a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local challenges in the achievement of sustainable economic development.
Students can select units of study from a range of established social science programs that include international relations, political economy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, anthropology, linguistics, public health, economics and sociology. Upon graduating, students will be in a strong position to seek employment in transnational development organisations and aid agencies; local and national government and non-government organisations; and private sector firms. Development Studies also provides students with the skills to become more effective administrators, researchers, development planners, educators and managers.
Dr Robbie Peters
Phone: + 61 2 9036 9399
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different award courses
Graduate Certificate in Development Studies
To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Development Studies, students must complete 24 credit points comprising two core and two elective units (each unit is worth 6 credit points). This award is only available on a part time basis to be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters.
Graduate Diploma in Development Studies
To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, students must complete 36 credit points comprising three core and three elective units (each unit is worth 6 credit points). The Diploma may be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters.
Master of Development Studies
To be awarded the Master of Development Studies, students must have completed 48 credit points. The units that make up these credit points should comprise the three core units, a core elective, and four elective units (each unit is worth 6 credit points) chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Units of Study. The Master's may be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters.