Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Degrees and coursework: Development Studies

Prepare to make a difference in the world. Our Development stream offers a solid foundation in the critical skills needed to influence developmental challenges in both national and international contexts. This field of study is ideal for students seeking careers in development assistance, non-government organisations, international aid and sustainability planning.

Available degrees in Development Studies

Master of Development Studies (M1195)

The Master of Development Studies is a practical professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. Aimed at students from the developing world and those working in international development assistance, it examines the nexus of development, politics and social and environmental sustainability, food and health security, international assistance, state building, conflict management, gender relations and other significant issues impacting development.

A Masters degree is 2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. Students with previous tertiary qualifications or professional experience may qualify for advanced standing.

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Graduate Certificate of Policy and Development (GCPD)

The Graduate Certificate in Policy and Development prepares students for rewarding careers in government, the not-for-profit and private sectors, in Australia and internationally. Students will develop expertise in development policy, policy analysis and management practice across a range of policy settings. This course is designed for recent graduates and those exploring a new career direction.

A Graduate Certificate is 6 months full-time, or part time equivalent.

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Flexible study options

Courses can be studied full-time or part-time, with units offered in evening timeslots and weekends throughout the semester. Units may also be completed in intensive blocks. All classes are delivered in small group seminars and workshops, augmented by online delivery, to fit the demanding lifestyle of a postgraduate student.

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Course fees


Course fees vary by program and units selected.

The Annual fees for 2018 are as follows:

Master Courses

Domestic students:
$26,640 for a full-time load (24 credit points) per calendar year

International students:
$34,680 (Australian dollars) for a full-time load (24 credit points) per calendar year.

Graduate Certificate program is $12,120 for domestic students and $17,340 for international students.

For more accurate and current course fee information, please refer to the Course Fee Calculator on the Student Handbook website.

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Commencement dates

Courses commence annually in February for Semester 1 and August for Semester 2.

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