Master of Development Studies

1 - 2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 031145D

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Course Description


The Master of Development Studies paves the theoretical grounding that helps you address developing world issues in your practical experience. Refine your transferable skills in critical analysis, communication, cross-cultural understanding, research methods, project design, project management and teamwork.

At professional practice seminars, research workshops, careers events, and alumni get-togethers, you can rub shoulders with top-notch policy makers and experts in the international development sector. While in your studies you can engage with debt and poverty, microfinance, culture and human rights, migration and transnationalism, food and environmental security, civil society organisations, and gender relations.

Who is it for?

Think about and implement creative solutions to the challenging and evolving field of development by understanding the needs of all walks of life - from an inner-city office to an isolated village. You can specialise in the optional Gender and Development stream, which guides you through gender and development theory while tackling the practical concerns of planning for gender in development projects within government and non-government organisations.

Undertake an exchange or study abroad with one of our esteemed global partners under the Global Mobility Program, or take an internship placement with a domestic or international development agency.


Where will it take me?

Career outcomes for the Master of Development Studies have a global reach. As an internationally recognised qualification, you'll have a head start pursuing roles including:

  • Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  • Business development and communications specialist
  • General manager (NGO)
  • Development consultant
  • Design, monitoring and evaluation policy advisor

Graduates have also gone on to work in organisations across the world:

  • Australian Red Cross
  • Oxfam Australia
  • UNDP
  • Save the Children
  • Consular Corps

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Application deadlines

  • 31 May, 2018 for Semester 2, 2018 intake*
  • 31 October, 2018 for Semester 1 2019 intake
  • 31 May, 2019 for Semester 2, 2019 intake
  • Scholarship deadline 

 It is strongly recommended your application is submitted by the following dates to ensure enough time for your student visa processing.

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*Please note: This is a late application closing date. Submitting your application during this period may impact on your ability to receive a visa in time for commencement of classes. The Department of Home Affairs suggests submitting your visa application no later than 6 weeks before class commencement to avoid late commencement, and no earlier than 3 months before you are due to commence. Please see the Future students website for more details

Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 October 2018 noting that you must supply your final results and evidence of course completion by 30 November 2018 to meet the requirements of the scholarship criteria. If you are not able to meet these deadlines, you will be considered for the following intake.

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