The Master of Development Studies sheds light on the challenges in achieving sustainable economic development on a local, national and global scale. Bringing together critical theories from across the social sciences, this expansive cross-disciplinary program allows you to specialise in topics such as international relations, political economy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, anthropology, linguistics, public health, human geography, economics and sociology.
With a grounding in such wide‑ranging areas of study, you will leave this program with a comprehensive awareness of the development industry and its real-world applications in poverty reduction, project design and international organisations.
As a Master of Development Studies candidate, you can take advantage of the region’s greatest concentration of esteemed and active researchers in the developing world, while building on the insights from a diverse international student body.
The program provides hands-on experience in Development Studies as you train to become an effective administrator and planner. Our program offers exciting opportunities to put your development knowledge into practice, including chances to participate in a research project on a community- based organisation in Sydney, internship electives at local or international non-government organisations and a field trip to Indonesia.