Part time Master's Degree in Development studies in Western Australia in Australia

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Development studies

A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

Development Studies is a vibrant field concerned with processes of change such as social and economic, political and cultural and the major policy challenges that present the efforts to overcome poverty and insecurity. The program provides a stable interdisciplinary social science formation and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical inquiry.

Australia has the third largest number of foreign students in the world despite having a community of only 23 million. These are strong academic credentials, but Australian institutions are just as highly ranked as the cities that house them around the native land.

Victoria has eight universities and various government-run institutions that facilitate technical and further education. In addition, there is a state library which is good for researchers undertaking higher education in the area.

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Master of Development Studies

Murdoch University
Campus Part time 2 years February 2017 Australia Perth

The Master of Development Studies (MDS) is a professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. [+]

Part time Masters in Development studies in Western Australia in Australia. Course code M1195 The Master of Development Studies (MDS) is a professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. Aimed at students from the developing world and those working in international development assistance, the MDS concentrates on the nexus of development, politics and social and environmental sustainability, food and health security, disaster risk management, international assistance, state building, conflict management, gender relations and other significant issues impacting development. Previous tertiary qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may qualify students for advanced standing, meaning they could complete a Masters qualification in as little as 12 or 18 months. (The 12 and 18 month programs are designed for those already working in the field of development and who are seeking career advancement opportunities. The 2 year program is designed for recent graduates or those seeking a career change.) A student's advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account level of higher study and/or professional experience. The MDS offers students: - Understanding of the key strategies for social, economic and political development and poverty alleviation - High-level analytical skills to evaluate the priorities, strengths and limitations of competing policy approaches to development, developed through the practical investigation of current policy issues - Professional skills relating to leadership, finance and project management, and communication - A detailed knowledge of the interests, processes and problems of contemporary development assistance, and international aid work, through intensive study in specialist units - Policy electives that provide an understanding of contemporary political, social and cultural trends within the Australian, East Asian and Indo-Pacific regional context - Students can choose electives to suit their professional needs and policy interests. The degree concludes with a ‘capstone’ experience with students opting to undertake either a policy case study project, a professional internship, or a supervised research thesis. Length of course 2 years, 18 months or 12 months, dependent upon prior study and professional experience. Full-time or part-time equivalent. [-]