Master in Developement Studies

Murdoch University

Program Description

Master in Developement Studies

Murdoch University

The Master of Development Studies is a practical professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. This course concentrates on the connection of development, politics and social and environmental sustainability, food and health security, international assistance, state building, conflict management, gender relations and other significant issues impacting development.

This course also includes a capstone unit, which is a special unit that consolidates everything you have learned in your course and gives you the opportunity to apply your learning to a practical issue. Within this capstone unit, you can opt to undertake either a policy case study project, professional internship or supervised research thesis.

The Master of Development Studies will enable you to seek a career in any aspect of international development in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. You will acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary for careers in international development in a broad range of settings such as regional and international organisations, government agencies, private firms, and nongovernment organisations involved in development.

Course Structure

Each course has a core set of units that must be completed for you to graduate. In addition to these core units you are free to choose other units, called general electives, to create your own course.

Core Units

Theory - 18 credit points

  • SWM649 Public Policy and International Affairs Foundations - 6 points
  • SWM611 States, Social Forces and Development - 6 points
  • SWM511 Critical Approaches to Development - 3 points
  • SWM628 Development and Sustainability - 3 points

Capstone Experience - 3 to 12 credit points

Select one of the following options:

EITHER

  • SWM618 Social Science Research Design - 3 points

and

  • SWM617 Supervised Research Thesis - 6 points

This 10,000-12,000 word thesis can only be taken with the approval of the Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

OR

  • SWM618 Social Science Research Design - 3 points

and

  • SWM6171 Supervised Research Thesis - 9 points

This 12,000 -15,000-word thesis can only be taken with the approval of the Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

OR

  • SWM619 Research Internship - 6 point

Students may wish to use this unit (SWM619) to undertake In-Country Studies Indonesia - a 6 point program run during the summer period by ACICIS. Students interested in this option should consult the Capstone Coordinator for application and enrolment information.

Students undertaking extended internship of 12 weeks/500 hours for 12 points should enrol in SWM619 Research Internship and

  • SWM6191 Internship Professional Placement - 6 points

OR

  • SWM620 Supervised Case Study Project - 3 points

Academic entry requirements

Admission to the Master degree is available to students who have a Bachelor's degree in any area. English entry requirements

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 25, 2017
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Feb. 28, 2018
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2 years
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Australia - Perth, Western Australia
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