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Humanitarian and Development Studies 

Western Sydney University

Master On Campus
18 months
26760 AUD/year
21880 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Humanitarian and Development Studies program at Western Sydney University responds to the need for qualified workers in disaster relief and development, in government and non-government agencies involved in humanitarian operations and development practice.

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The Humanitarian and Development Studies program at Western Sydney University is about disasters that will continue to occur around the world, and there is a continuous need for skilled humanitarian workers. Change makers like you are required to deliver specialist humanitarian aid relief to people dealing with disasters. That’s the focus of our new Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies.

Offered from 2018, this course encompass both the aid and health sectors with a focus on rehabilitation and development. Through a mix of practical and theoretical learning you’ll gain an understanding of the complexity of development and see how humanitarian assistance works hand-in-hand with international development aid efforts.

With the Master degree you’ll also gain a truly global point of view with international placement with one of our education partners. Mixing online and on campus learning, the Humanitarian and Development courses are available at a Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level.

Your career

As a humanitarian and development studies graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:

  • Humanitarian Relief
  • Aid Development Programming
  • Project Managing
  • Disaster Relief Work
  • Policy Development

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Research in the Social Sciences
  • Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Humanitarian and Development Research Project
  • Humanitarian and Development Training Placement

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Code: 096600D
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Arts or Social Sciences, or
  • Any tertiary degree combined with a minimum of six months professional experience in a development or humanitarian assistance context.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26760 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26760 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    21880 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21880 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Humanitarian and Development Studies
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