Master of Development Practice

James Cook University

Program Description

Master of Development Practice

James Cook University

Master of Development Practice

The Master of Development Practice is a new two-year degree that provides graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge to identify and address the global development challenges of poverty alleviation, health, conservation, climate change and agriculture.

Course Highlights

  • Last semester allocated for practical work in an overseas developing country location.
  • Broad, multidisciplinary program that includes field experience opportunities in northern Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea where students will work in teams to tackle real-world problems.
  • The special challenges to sustainable development in tropical forest and coastal regions will be addressed through a focus on insular South East Asia and the Pacific
  • The course will provide students with the tools they need to understand and address the root causes of extreme poverty while also preserving the environment for future generations.

Who is it for?

The Master of Development Practice is designed to produce a cohort of skilled development practitioners and effective advocates of sustainable development practice.

Graduates will have broad competence in development issues and will be able to influence policies and programs in developing countries and Northern Australia.

They will be equipped for employment in international humanitarian, development and conservation organisations ranging from NGOs to government and inter-governmental bodies.

Course structure

Core subjects

  • EV5011:03 Contemporary Issues in Development Practice
  • EV5012:03 Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods


  • BZ5520:03 Agroecology
  • EC5205:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development
  • EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions
  • EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design
  • EV5911:03 Independent Project and Dissertation (Part 1 of 2)
  • EV5912:06 Independent Project and Dissertation (Part 2 of 2)
  • LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis
  • PL5110:03 Government and Politics in Developing Areas or PL5003:03 Governance, Democratisation and the State
  • TM5552 :03 Global Health and Development

Select 9 credit points of specified level 5 subjects determined in consultation with the course co-coordinator

Select 3 credit points of specified level 5 subjects

CRICOS: 072073J

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
2 years
Part time
Full time
30,000 AUD
Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Cairns, Queensland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 30,000 AUD
AUD$30,000 per year

Johanna Ochoa; Master of Development Practice