Development Studies

Murdoch University

Master On Campus
24 months
36080 AUD/year
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This Development Studies programme from Murdoch University  will prepare you for a range of experiences and roles in the sector, in Australia and internationally..


At this Development Studies programme from Murdoch University you’ll examine the connections between politics, governance and development, social and environmental sustainability, food and health security, gender and empowerment, and state building and conflict, as well as evaluating different approaches to policy and practice.

You can choose from professional-based electives, including financial administration, leading and managing not-for-profit organisations, effective leadership, strategic health care management and project management. 

You can also choose policy-based electives to specialise in global public health, public sector economics, security and conflict, environmental policy and more, or add up to two language units in either Indonesian or Japanese.

Your career

You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in international development in a broad range of settings, such as regional and international organisations, government agencies, consultancy firms, and non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in development.

Careers could include:

  • Campaign and Advocacy Officer
  • International Programs Officer/Manager
  • Partnerships Officer/Manager
  • Gender Analyst/Consultant
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Water and Sanitation Advisor
  • Humanitarian Response Coordinator.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Development and Sustainability
  • Critical Approaches to Development
  • Social Science Research Design
  • Supervised Research Thesis
  • Financial Administration and Budgeting
  •  Managing Strategic Risk and Projects

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 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).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code 077165J

  • Admission to the Master degree is available to students who have a Bachelor's degree in any area.
  • All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36080 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36080 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.

At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use the university's Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.


  • We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
  • The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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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