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Master of International Development: Development Policy and Practice

Course Description

The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners.

Development Policy and Practice specialisation

This specialisation uses spatial scale, and the relationship between human populations and their physical environments, as key frameworks for understanding the various dimensions of poverty and under-development as well as techniques and approaches for addressing these inequalities.

Units in this specialisation explore key contemporary development debates regarding the role of gender in development; the challenge of explosive global population growth; the development implications of the growing phenomenon of 'displaced peoples'; and the drivers of increasing socioeconomic polarisation within and between populations; and the spatially and socially uneven nature of local development in the context of major resource extraction projects in various developing regions.

This specialisation also introduces students to a suite of tools and frameworks employed by development practitioners at local and regional scales, such as participatory development, rapid rural appraisal, and the logical framework approach to development.

Key features

Specialisations are unique and provide students with both focus and flexibility.Students will be equipped with analytical and practical skills to engage critically in development policy, research and practice. Interdisciplinary focus enables a richer learning experience and an appreciation of different disciplinary perspectives - valued by employers.

Visit the Master of International Development: Development Policy and Practice page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

UWA Faculty of Science Scholarships and Awards - No. of awards TBC

Both the University and the Faculty offer a range of scholarships and awards to our students.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships for Domestic and International Students - see full details for each scholarship.

Application Procedure

See full details for each scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

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