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Master of Development Practice

Overview

Develop the practical and intellectual skills to navigate the complex landscape of development, critically engage with key debates and be part of creating sustainable alternatives for the future.

UQ’s Master of Development Practice program addresses key challenges in the world today, including the rights of Indigenous people, inequality, gender, health, violence, alternative economics, climate justice and environmental sustainability.

With a diversity of delivery options – including intensive, online, practice-based learning environments and in-field research – this 1.5 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program is designed to fit in with your interests and availability, whether you're starting, advancing or rethinking your career.

Local communities in Australia and overseas are situated within rich and complex global dynamics. Our program equips you with theoretically informed skills to embrace the challenges of understanding, practising and rethinking development at different scales.

Drawing from anthropology, community development, planning, political science, sociology and related fields, UQ's Development Practice offers you a unique, multidisciplinary and practice-based learning experience.

Our graduates work across government, industry and community settings in development, social services, health, planning and elsewhere, to contribute to collaborative social change.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5346
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$31744 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5346
CRICOS Code
053341G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from a program taught and supervised by scholars engaged in the field through research and practice.
  • Become part of a multicultural study environment and connect to an international cohort who contribute rich and diverse experiences.
  • Develop a strong multidisciplinary foundation and complete core courses including community development, planning, sociology, international relations and politics.
  • Join a program that welcomes applicants from various academic, professional and cultural backgrounds who are eager to rethink and redefine development practice.

1 in Queensland for development studies

QS World University Rankings 2020

36 in the world for sociology

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Foundations of Sustainable Development
  • Politics of Development
  • Participatory Development Practice
  • Applied Anthropology and Indigenous Territories

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Community development practitioner
  • Multicultural liaison officer
  • Social inclusion officer
  • Indigenous community adviser
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • International aid worker
  • Outreach services officer
  • Sustainability researcher
  • Humanitarian aid official
  • Community development manager

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCDevPract* or GCCommDev* or GDipDevPract* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 with 2 years relevant professional experience. This experience may be in a paid or substantial volunteer capacity and will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant has made a contribution to the organisation or relevant community of interest. Same discipline is defined as a degree in anthropology, sociology, social science, development studies, community development, political science, human geography, philosophy, communication, social work, human services, planning, various streams of environmental studies and/or management, urban studies and international studies.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

*Please note the GCDevPract or GCCommDev or GDipDevPract can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

Prerequisites

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCDevPract* or GCCommDev* or GDipDevPract* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 with 2 years relevant professional experience. This experience may be in a paid or substantial volunteer capacity and will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant has made a contribution to the organisation or relevant community of interest. Same discipline is defined as a degree in anthropology, sociology, social science, development studies, community development, political science, human geography, philosophy, communication, social work, human services, planning, various streams of environmental studies and/or management, urban studies and international studies.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

*Please note the GCDevPract or GCCommDev or GDipDevPract can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree in anthropology, sociology, social science, development studies, community development, political science, human geography, philosophy, communication, social work, human services, planning, various streams of environmental studies and/or management, urban studies and international studies.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

*Please note the GCDevPract or GCCommDev or GDipDevPract can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

Relevant professional experience may include work experience in the planning, management and implementation of international or community development initiatives, including work for international aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, social movements, and the international business community. The work may include research, outreach capacities and service delivery and the portfolio should demonstrate basic computer literacy, research and writing skills, and ability to work collaboratively.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Development Practice are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $31,744

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Development Practice for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $22,960

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Development Practice at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit