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International Development
Master of International Development
Master of International Development

Master of International Development

  • ID:UWA610188
  • Level:Master's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (AUD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$47,800.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$30,540.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$47,800.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$30,540.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  1. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have:
    • (a) a bachelor degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
    • (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; and
    • (c) either (i) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation; or (ii) at least two years of relevant professional experience related to international development
  2. For the Development in Practice specialisation an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in human geography and planning or any other social sciences discipline; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
  3. For the Economics of Development specialisation an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either economics, mathematics, or statistics; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
  4. For the Politics of Development specialisation an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in political science and policy studies, or any other social sciences discipline, or law; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
  5. An applicant being admitted on the basis of professional experience is exempt from rules 4.(2), 4.(3), and 4.(4).

English requirements

  • Qualification through WACE, TEE or equivalent
    • Pass in English, English Literature, or English as a Second Language
  • GCE O-level (GCSE and IGCSE)
    • Minimum grade C / C6 in English, English Language, English (First Language) or English Literature.
    • Minimum grade A in IGCSE English as a Second Language, with grade 1(One) in Oral/Aural Communication.
    • Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed O-levels are not sufficient).
  • TOEFL (paper-based)
    • 570 with a Test of Written English (TWE) of no less than 4.5
    • Scholarship applicants require 580, with 45 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • IBT TOEFL (Internet-based test score)
    • 82 with 22 for writing, 20 for speaking, 20 for listening, and 18 for reading
  • IELTS (Academic)
    • 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
    • C pass
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
    • B grade
  • CELT Bridging Course
    • Overall score of 70% with a minimum of 65% for each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic)
    • Overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the Reading and Writing sections, 59 in the Speaking section and 54 in the Listening section.
    • The Law School requires an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each section.

Other requirements

Higher English scores are required for admission to higher degrees in some faculties at UWA:

  • Law: overall IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.5 for reading and writing and a minimum of 7.0 for speaking and listening.
  • Education: overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.
  • Dentistry: overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.
  • Business: overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.

Course Information

The Master of International Development engages you with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates. You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners. Specialisations in either Development in Practice, Economics of Development or Politics of Development are unique and provide you with both focus and flexibility. 

This course aims to provide students with a grounding in international development concepts, theories and approaches. Students are equipped with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development issues and debates from an interdisciplinary perspective, and to work across broad areas of development policy, research and practice. The course begins with foundation units in development theory and case studies of development practice, before you choose a specialisation in one of three areas, including Development in Practice; Politics of Development; and Economics of Development.

Development in Practice
This specialisation uses place and scale, and the relationships between human populations and their physical environments, as key frameworks for understanding the various dimensions of poverty, inequality and uneven development, as well as techniques and approaches for addressing these challenges. Units in this specialisation explore key contemporary development debates regarding the role of place, power, and practices in development approaches; the challenge of explosive global population growth; the development implications of ‘displaced peoples’; increasing socioeconomic polarisation within and between populations; the role of ecosystems and conflicts around natural resources that affect local and regional development; and the spatially and socially uneven development in the context of major resource extraction projects. This specialisation also introduces you to a suite of tools and frameworks employed by development practitioners at local and regional scales, such as participatory development and rural appraisals.

Politics of Development
This specialisation uses social theory to analyse and interpret the geopolitical dimensions of development. You will gain an understanding of the key conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding development. This specialisation considers the changing role of states, markets, firms, institutions and non-governmental organisations in the process of negotiating and implementing development policy. It also introduces you to a range of approaches and frameworks employed by policymakers and practitioners in designing, implementing, and evaluating development policy. You will explore issues such as the role of gender in development; the origin and impact of ‘good governance’ agendas; the politics of aid programing and foreign policy; the historical and contemporary relationship between security and development, particularly in Africa; and the development dimensions of natural resource governance.

Economics of Development
This specialisation provides you with the tools of economic analysis to address challenges in developing countries with a focus on agriculture, environment and rural development. You will understand what can be done to promote development through multiple interventions, and how to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts of specific initiatives. You will learn how to conduct development analyses, such as poverty assessments and environmental impact assessments, commonly used by development agencies and policy makers. You will explore themes such as the relationship between economic growth and development; the role of trade and foreign aid in development; the effectiveness of microfinance and rural credit schemes in poverty alleviation; measuring risk and vulnerability in developing contexts; global food systems and agricultural development; and institutional and market failure. 

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