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Master of International Development Practice

Monash University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree

Start dates
34,700 USD
February 2023

34,700 USD
February 2023

34,700 USD
February 2024

34,700 USD
February 2024
Monash University

Program description

Master of International Development Practice

Equitable and sustainable human development remains a pressing global concern. Complex socio-political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges contribute to extreme poverty, reduced human development, fragile governance and environmental vulnerability affecting the well-being of millions of people worldwide. These complex, multidimensional challenges require professionals with the practical skills and analytical capacity to strategically address them at community, national and global levels.

In response the course offers a multi-disciplinary, applied approach to theory and practice of sustainable human development. Delivered by specialists across the humanities and social sciences, medicine, business and economics, education and law Faculties, the program delivers rigorous research training alongside the critical and practical skills of project design and management and leadership skills.

Opportunities for fieldwork, study abroad and internship engagement include options to engage in field-schools at sites of significant development practice such as South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Options to include language extension in individual programs are also available.

The duration may vary depending on prior qualifications as 1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time).

Admission requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on your program. Most Masters degrees require an average of 65% (or equivalent) in your Bachelor degree, and Bachelor degrees each have unique entry scores. For more information about local and international curricula, please contact Monash.

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Program content

The course is structured in four parts.

  • Part A. Foundations for international development practice,
  • Part B. Core master's study,
  • Part C. Advanced expertise and
  • part D. Specialist electives.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees vary, and are listed with each degree on the Monash website under “Applications and Fees”. For more information, please contact us or visit our website.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will:

  1. critically analyze the political, economic, cultural and environmental challenges contributing to human inequalities
  2. apply theoretical learning and best practice within the broad professional and practical context of international development practice, policy, governance and research
  3. explain and evaluate complex sustainable development challenges and debates across diverse cultural and geo-political contexts
  4. critically appraise the range of organizations and institutions involved in international development, their working culture and funding processes
  5. employ ethics research methodology to plan and conduct an independent research project
  6. communicate research findings effectively and perceptively in a range of formats to a variety of audiences

Continuing studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a graduate research degree for students admitted at entry levels 1 and 2 completing the research thesis (24 points). Students admitted at entry level 3 will normally already have an honors degree, however, students in this group who wish to complete a research thesis in international development practice should discuss the options with the course coordinator.

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Monash University

At Monash, the desire to make a difference informs everything we do. But we go beyond good intentions. We make an impact, both locally and internationally. We are a global university with a presence on four continents. And our plans...

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Why study at Monash University

  • Monash is ranked one of the best universities in the world, sitting at #51 in 2021.
  • We are the largest university in Australia, with 10 faculties and over 300 degrees to choose from.
  • With students from over 100 countries and some of the most innovative and employable degrees in Australia, we are the perfect launchpad for your career.

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211 Wellington Road
3170 Melbourne Victoria

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