Master of International Development
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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a science-focused university, internationally renowned for excellence in teaching and research.
The Faculty of Science has a collaborative environment, and its emphasis on shared academic resources and expertise across discipline areas creates a rich and dynamic learning experience.
Master of International Development with specialisations in
- Development Policy and Practice
- Economics of Development
- Politics and Development
UWA’s breadth of expertise across the science disciplines is unequalled!
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.
You are provided with a grounding in international development concepts, theories and approaches as well as the analytical and practical skills needed to engage with the complex challenges of contemporary international development. You have the flexibility to either specialise in a particular area of interest, or to develop core skills and knowledge across three areas of specialisation.
The Master of International Development enables you to build a diverse and rewarding career path in local and international development, from field-based roles to research and policy within education and government. Prospective employers include aid and development agencies, government departments, non-government organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations. Each of the specialisations are also pathways to Higher Degree by Research and an academic career in international development.
You will study two core units:
- Case Studies in Development Practice
- Critical Perspectives in International Development
The three specialisation areas provide a focused learning experience in areas of key demand. You complete two common core units as well as units within your specialisation. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of elective units to complement your specific interests and focus.
Development Policy and Practice: This specialisation, coordinated within the discipline of geography, uses place and spatial scale as a framework for understanding the various dimensions of poverty and under-development as well as techniques and approaches for addressing these inequalities.
Economics of Development: This specialisation, coordinated by the School of Agriculture and Resource Economics, uses the tools of economic analysis to examine development challenges with a focus on agriculture, environment, and rural development .
Politics and Development: This specialisation, coordinated within the discipline of political science, analyses and interprets the geo-political dimensions of international development and considers the political implications of development and underdevelopment.
You may apply to replace the equivalent of half a year’s units with a research project.
You must have a relevant bachelor’s degree.
English Language Competence
You must demonstrate a minimum level of English Language Competence.
While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.
Example cognate areas are: Geography, Human Geography and Planning, Political Science and International Relations, Natural Resource Management, Anthropology and Sociology, Economics.
Partial scholarships are available for high achieving international students.
Intake periods: February and July each year
Last updated February 5, 2016