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Master of  Development Practice

Program code: 5594

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Development Practice will develop your knowledge and skills in the complexity of development so you can effectively plan and manage contemporary development solutions.

  • This two-year program is designed for applicants with an approved degree in any discipline and who can meet minimum GPA requirements – see 'Program details'.
  • Develop a strong multidisciplinary foundation and complete core courses including topics such as community development, planning, sociology, international relations and politics.
  • Equip yourself with the theoretically informed skills that will allow you to embrace the challenges of understanding, practicing and rethinking development at different scales.
  • Benefit from a program taught and supervised by scholars engaged in the field through research and practice. Your studies will be inspired and informed by these connections.

Develop your understanding of the political, social and planning challenges facing development, setting yourself up for a successful career in the area of Development Practice.

  • Students

    Multicultural learning environment

    You will study alongside students from all corners of the globe, each contributing rich and diverse experiences. Studying with an international and diverse group of students will broaden your horizons, both personally and professionally.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from leading researchers

    Our Development Practice courses are taught by more than 20 staff across four different schools within UQ. Our staff are leading researchers in their fields and maintain strong links across the development sector through professional consultancies.

  • Alumni
    "When I signed up for the Master of Development Practice program, I wasn’t sure of how I wanted to apply the degree, but the diversity of interesting courses allowed me to explore my interests while determining the direction of my career. The program provides a solid mix of theoretical education and practical training and skills development to equip students to enter many different fields of employment. After graduation, my cohort took up work all over the world across a variety of sectors including resources, health, human and social services and environmental protection, working for governments, not-for-profits and private sector multinationals. This degree gives you the tools you need to hit the ground running after graduation". Sarah Stamp, Master of Development Practice
  • Alumni
    "My post-graduate studies have provided me with the theoretical knowledge that helps my understanding of how people and issues are interconnected such as literacy, empowerment, as well as global and local community building projects. One of the best things about the Master of Development Practice program was that it gave me the theoretical knowledge for the practical work I’d been doing. The program delivered on this and allowed me to become a lot more of a critical reader of research, academic papers and other sources alike" Kerstin Liebchen, Master of Development Practice

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Development Practice typically work across all levels of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Past Development graduates have worked in:

  • international development
  • foreign policy
  • multilateral development agencies
  • international financial institutions
  • the United Nations Development Programme
  • community development
  • consultancy.

Other graduates use the Master of Development Practice to further their research ambitions by enrolling in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Development Practice are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Development Practice. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Development Practice at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Development Practice pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $21,990
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Development Practice at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Development Practice can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Development Practice is 5594. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Development Practice is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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