Master of International Development | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of International Development

Become a world changer. This practice-focused program will equip you to obtain employment in development with international organisations including the United Nations, UNESCO, the FAO, the World Bank, non-government organisations (NGO's), development and consultancy corporations, and donor agencies.

In this program you will:

  • Explore key issues and practices regarding poverty alleviation and development, preparing you for the international development sector
  • Be introduced to development theories and ideologies, including colonisation and de-colonisation, industrialisation, globalisation, dependency, rural development, food security, poverty alleviation, urbanisation, environment, and the impact of climate change in developing countries
  • Learn key skills and approaches in development practice, including traditional and emerging donors, the role of non-government organisations and managing contractors, research design and project management
  • Tailor your second year to an area of application and practice that interests you

This program is not currently open for applications





2 years 2 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$25,600 Annual fee
Annual fee


  • Semester 1

Career opportunities

  • Foreign affairs
  • Government
  • International business
  • International management
  • International marketing
  • Interpreting/translating
  • Media
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Tourism

  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended learning
Total courses
Total units
2 years 2 years
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
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)
DEV705 Governance, Engagement & Capacity Building
DEV706 Economic Development & Sustainable Livelihoods
EDU775 Education for International Development
SCS725 Advanced Social Research
SCS730 Advanced Social Work Theories for Practice

Elective courses (4) 48 units 

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:
BUS705 Innovation Management and Professional Development
BUS707 Managing Across Global Cultures
MGT701 Leading and Managing Organisations
MGT702 Understanding and Managing Organisational Behaviour
MGT711 Entrepreneurship and Venture Planning
MGT730 Innovation by Design
PRM701 Project Management Principles
SWK704 Advanced Direct Practice 1
SWK708 Engaging and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Program requirements
In order to graduate students must:
  • Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program Notes
  • 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
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

International student fee information is available on the Tuition fees and other costs page. For information on how higher degree by research student fees are calculated, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, visit the Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information page. Visit the HDR scholarships page for information on available scholarships.

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Kathryn Allan

Student story

Since graduating with a Bachelor of International Studies Kathryn has worked with the Australian Government in various roles within the international aid program and began a PhD at the Australian National University.
Kathyrn Allan Graduate
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