Master of International Development

Passionate about making a difference to universal issues?

Be part of a new generation of practitioners and scholars who are solving some of the most challenging problems facing the world today. A Master of International Development will introduce you to the latest theories on sustainable development and cross-cultural practice in terms of dealing with issues like poverty, empowerment and gender.

The course will intricately hone your practice-led research skills and prepare you for a rewarding career in the charity sector or in public development agencies like World Vision, Oxfam and the Australian Red Cross.

Open to new admissions


Admission open to

Domestic students and International students

Level of Study


Full-time Study Duration

2 years

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Course code


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Career Outcomes

Study a Master of International Development at UC and you will:

  • develop the skills to engage with contemporary development theory
  • acquire knowledge about development issues across the world, especially with under-privileged communities
  • explore participatory approaches to planning, management, monitoring and the evaluation of development projects
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of the politics of different aspects of development processes, practices and advocacy.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist for Master of International Development graduates in a range of sectors, including:

  • non-government organisations and the charity sector
  • public development agencies like World Vision Australia, Oxfam Save the Children Plan, TEAR Australia, Australian Red Cross and AUSAID
  • strategic direction roles for multinational business
  • government agencies
  • academia.

Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Course details

Sample study plan


  • History and politics of the theories of development
  • Monitoring and evaluating international development projects
  • Planning and designing international development projects
  • Conflicts, humanitarian intervention and reconstruction
  • Poverty, HIV/AIDS and development
  • Rural development and agro-forestry
  • Open elective units x 2


  • Development research methods
  • Gender and development
  • Development research project
  • Micro-credit and risk management in development
  • Open elective units x 2

Course specific

Students need to have a degree or equivalent as approved by the University and if undertaking the Development Research Project unit, complete a Police Check.


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