Master of International Development

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of International Development

RMIT University

Master of International Development

This program will provide you with a deep understanding of development issues across the world, focusing on vulnerable communities. You’ll experience a range of political, social and economic problems such as gender and health inequalities, environmental and human rights issues in both developing and developed countries.

You’ll develop specialised skills to help communities, cities and countries adapt to the complex and changing environment in an era of globalisation:

  • professional ethics
  • political and social theory
  • training
  • microfinance
  • advocacy
  • participatory approaches.

You’ll build professional capabilities that are essential for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

The program is offered on campus and online. All core courses and some electives are offered online.

This program is suitable for current and aspiring development professionals wanting a global career that makes sense of the bigger picture.

Program structure

The Master consists of 192 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points).

This program is offered online and face-to face. The program is primarily taught through evening classes during the week, with some courses delivered through intensive full-day workshops. All core courses and some electives are offered online.

Through a combination of core and elective courses you’ll examine the uneven distribution of human well-being, social opportunity and economic wealth across the globe.

You’ll analyse and engage with the complexities that emerge from the intersection of diversities within cultures and socio-political settings. You’ll be able to interpret issues, confidently lead others and provide insights into future directions of development policy.

You'll study development theories, policies and practices. You'll learn about:

  • competing power dynamics in development discourses
  • gender dynamics and health issues
  • macro and micro finance and their relevance
  • the politics of development and how global systems disadvantage certain countries to the benefit of others.

You'll select elective courses lead by academic experts from a range of social sciences. These courses explore the international dimensions of:

  • urban planning
  • environmental management
  • justice and security
  • advocacy.


Program entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may be considered.

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Jan. 2018
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2018
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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