Master of Development Studies

1-2 years full-time, Parkville Campus - Domestic and International students.


Our Master of Development Studies degree gives students the theoretical grounding and practical experience required to address developing world issues. You'll take away a raft of transferable skills from academic study, as well as refine career-relevant skills in critical analysis, communication, cross-cultural understanding, research methods, project design, project management and teamwork.

Specialise in Gender and Development Studies

As part of your degree, you may elect to specialise in our optional Gender and Development stream. The course material offers a superior understanding of gender and development theory and also tackles practical concerns surrounding planning for gender in development projects within government and non-government organisations.

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You will have the opportunity to

  • Focus on areas such as health and development, environmental sustainability, migration, gender and resource management.
  • Take an internship placement with a domestic or international development agency.
  • Engage with topics including debt and poverty, microfinance, culture and human rights, migration and transnationalism, food and environmental security, civil society organisations, and gender relations.
  • Study core and applied skills subjects, including project management and design, monitoring and evaluation, and research methods for development.
  • Undertake an exchange or study abroad with one of our esteemed global partners under the Global Mobility Program.

Careers in Development Studies

Our graduates are employed by:

  • ActionAid
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Oxfam Australia
  • Concern Universal
  • UNDP
  • Save the Children
  • The World Bank
  • Consular Corps

Our graduates are employed as:

  • General Manager (NGO)
  • Program Coordinator
  • Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation Project Officer
  • Business Development & Communications Specialist
  • Monitoring and Reporting Officer
  • Development Consultant
  • Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Project Officer
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