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University of Melbourne Masters Degrees in Development Studies

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The Master of Development Studies paves the theoretical grounding that helps you address developing world issues in your practical experience. Read more

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.


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Overview. Learn how the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations operate in our global community, and acquire knowledge of key developments within international relations. Read more

Overview

Learn how the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations operate in our global community, and acquire knowledge of key developments within international relations. The Master of International Relations engages with theory, international governance and law, international security, international political economy and international history.

Participate in an international student exchange and study another language to complement your skills. You can transcend theoretical perspectives by applying your expertise in a working environment, such as through an optional internship. Designed to meet your career-oriented goals, your internship can be in international organisations, government, business, media and NGOs.

Who is it for?

If you want to open doors in your career in government, the private and NGO sector or academia, the Master of International Relations helps you to understand contemporary issues facing international laws, policies and governance.

Discover the nuanced international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics. You can train you focus on the Asia-Pacific, Europe, or the Middle East with expert tuition from regional specialists. And there’s always the option to progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.

Where will it take me?

On graduation from the Master of International Relations, you will be ready for work in professional fields including:

  • Policy advisor and analyst
  • Advocacy coordinator
  • Business development and project coordinator
  • Welfare officer.

Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • The European Commission
  • The Age.


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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment. The specialisation in law and development offers a choice of subjects examining the legalisation of development and the role of international and regional actors in law reform projects. Also offered is an investigation and analysis of both international law and the ‘rule of law’ in a developmental context. Subjects take a range of practical, historical, critical, applied and theoretical perspectives. This program is ideal for those working in international development from a government, non-government or not-for-profit background, as well as for those who wish to undertake specialist study in the area in preparation for a research degree.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Law and Development will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of law and development, including in relation to:
  • the processes and actors involved in the legalisation of development
  • the history and range of rule of law or law reform projects initiated by international and regional institutions
  • the role of international economic institutions in proposing, designing and implementing law reform projects
  • development strategies enabled or foreclosed by attempts at law reform or legal institutional design
  • the success or failure of particular attempts at law reform or rule of law initiatives
  • theoretical approaches to understanding and critiquing law and development initiatives
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of law and development
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of law and development.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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