The University of Sydney’s Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate of Development Studies provide a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on challenges in the achievement of sustainable solutions to poverty and deprivation in the developing world.
Units of study include core units (Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing, Development: Communication and Education, and Rethinking Poverty); core elective units (Development Project Evaluation, Culture and Politics of Health Development and Dynamics of Human Rights Violations); and elective units from a range of University of Sydney master's level programs.
Upon graduating, students will be in a strong position to seek employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations concerned with development and poverty alleviation. Development Studies students also gain the skills to become more effective researchers, planners, educators, administrators and managers.
Dr Robbie Peters
Phone: + 61 2 9036 9399
There are currently no research degrees offered in Development Studies, but potential applicants are referred to the Anthropology section of the postgraduate handbook.
Awards and Requirements
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework 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 two core, one core elective 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 Masters may be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters.
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 a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.