Become a world changer.
This two year program focuses on developing unique skills and knowledge to tackle poverty and development needs in many countries. Learn tools to help apply solutions to sustainability concerns, how to initiate and evaluate research into societies, and critical thinking on the problems of power relations to bring about social justice.
In second year, take a practical focus. You’ll select an area that interests you and tailor your program to apply your knowledge. This is your opportunity to travel to a developing country and work with real problems on the ground.
A great mix of theory and unique practical work, this program equips you for employment with major international organisations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, FAO and the World Bank.
Completion of a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent. Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree but have relevant full-time equivalent work or other relevant experience equivalent to a bachelor degree may be admitted in exceptional circumstances only, and will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Students who have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in the same discipline may be eligible to receive credit of up to 48 units (4 courses).
Graduates can work in a variety of fields in the international development sector, with human rights organisations, government and non-government (NGO) aid agencies, development and consultancy corporations, donor agencies, research centres, and academic research.
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14 June 2017
Onyongo relates to refugees during UN internship
A USC student who came to Australia 14 years ago after fleeing civil war in Ethiopia has helped other refugees find safe havens while doing an internship with a United Nations agency in Malaysia.
29 May 2017
Early USC graduate building Habitats for Humanity
One of USC’s earliest graduates has built a 13-year career helping people across the Asia-Pacific recover from some of region’s most destructive natural disasters.
15 September 2016
Cambodian photo project on show at USC Gallery
Sunshine Coast residents can gain an amazing glimpse into the lives of people in a remote Cambodian village as part of a special exhibition at the USC Gallery that goes on display this week.
10 May 2016
High-flying students receive Rotary scholarships
A researcher investigating how habitat fragmentation affects native bees will be one of three outstanding students to be awarded Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships at an annual presentation dinner at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Wednesday 11 May).
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Required courses (10) 144 units
DEV700 International Development and Aid
DEV701 Development Practice and Evaluation
DEV702 International Human Rights, Peace and Conflict, and Environmental Justice
DEV703 International Development Project A (24 units)
DEV704 International Development Project B (24 units)
EDU775 Education for International Development
ENS703 Governance, Engagement and Capacity Building
ENS760 Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods
SCS725 Advanced Social Research
SCS730 Critical Social Theory: Power, Critique and Praxis
Elective courses (4) 48 units
Select 4 courses (48 units) from:
BUS707 Managing Across Global Cultures
ENP707 Regional Infrastructure Planning
GEO700 Indigenous Peoples and Sustainability
MGT702 Managing People
MGT711 Entrepreneurship and Venture Planning
PRM710 Project Risk
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB703 Health Promotion Principles
SCS790 Engaging effectively with culturally diverse people
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 192
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate students must:
- Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Students who have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in the same discipline may be eligible to receive credit of up to 48 units (4 courses)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
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