Overview

The Master of Development Studies is a flexible and interactive degree that provides specialist studies in international development at local, national and international levels. Our courses are based on a philosophy of human rights, social justice, community development and participatory approaches. You will learn the framework to understand and negotiate the complexities of the geopolitical, economic, social, ethical, and cultural contexts in which development takes place. You will study alongside a team of academics at the front line of national and international development practice.

Program Code

8942

CRICOS Code

083236D

Total units of credit (UOC)

96

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

60

Why choose this degree?

You will build diverse and rewarding career paths in local and international development, from practice-based roles to research and policy within education and government.

Who should choose this degree?

If you are already working as a development specialist or are seeking entry into the field, this degree is for you.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Practice-based roles to Research and Policy within academia, government and civil society
  • Local and International Development Agencies
  • The United Nations
  • Policy and Advocacy think tanks
  • Community-based organisations and government bodies locally and internationally

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are as follows:

For the 1 year stream (A)

Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% *Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience For the 1.5 year stream (B)

Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% Relevant disciplines include: Social Sciences; Humanities; Business; Economics; Law; Public Health; Communications; Social Work; Psychology/Psychological Science.

Applicants with a degree in a discipline not listed here but who wish to make a case for its academic relevance to these programs should enquire here: studyarts@unsw.edu.au.

*It is expected that a Graduate Diploma will have been completed after an undergraduate degree.

For the 2 year stream (C)

*Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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