Master of Development Studies




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Development Studies program 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. The degree 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 or take internship electives at local or international organisations.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Development Studies a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 6 credit points from core elective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 36 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Development Studies subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study from other faculties.; and
(d) a minimum of 12 credit points from capstone units of study.
Progression rules
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Graduate opportunities
The Master of Development Studies equips you for a career as an administrator, planner, educator or manager. Work within non-government organisations such as the Australian Council for International Development, Coffey International Development, Devex, GRM International, Oxfam, the United Nations, the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund.


Which department am I in? Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

Entry Requirement For International Student

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the criteria below:
Admission to candidature for the Master of Development Studies (1.5 years full-time) requires:
(a) a bachelor is degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the Social Sciences from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification
Admission to candidature for the Master of Development Studies (1 year full-time) requires:
(a) completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Development Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification or
(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or
(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor is degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average or an equivalent qualification
English language requirements: TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing TOEFL IBT: including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

Full Time (1.5 years)

A$35,500.00 (US$ 27,768) per year

5 March 2018, 30 July 2018

The University of Sydney Camperdown/Darlington Campus, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, New South Wales, 2006, SYDNEY, Australia