Consolidate and expand your expertise in Global Development and join a new generation of ethical global citizens and change-makers. You’ll be on the forefront of new ideas, as JCU’s central, tropical location gives Global Development graduates a unique platform for engaging with pressing global development issues.
Develop the knowledge and skills that will allow you to work in priority areas of poverty alleviation, sustainable planning, social justice, climate responsive systems, sustainable resource management and global health — areas identified by the UN as key global challenges for future sustainability.
As you study this Master of Global Development degree, you will gain key conceptual and practical skills to understand and respond to the shifting landscapes of human development. Learn how to critically analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex development problems — from infrastructure to systemic issues — for tropical, remote and inter-cultural settings through informed and evidence-based methodologies. Throughout this global development degree, you will learn to integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in global development policy and practice, ensuring your ability to make a difference at both a community and policy level.
In the Master of Global Development, you will study six core subjects and choose additional elective subjects from eight main areas of global development, including: Development and Conservation; Disaster Resilience and Natural Resource Management; Public Health; Sustainable Development Planning and Policy; Indigenous Futures; Governance and Social Change; Development Leadership and Management; and the Development Researcher. Tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals by specialising or combining knowledge from these eight areas.
Put your knowledge and skills to the test by choosing to undertake either an individual research project or a domestic or international internship that will expand your professional network. If you choose to take on the small-scale research project, you will learn how to plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based field studies and execute substantial research through key methods, techniques and tools. In the industry-based internship, you’ll not only increase your professional development, but you’ll also develop leadership skills by partnering with leading global organisations.
Finish your Master of Global Development faster. With credit for previous study, you can finish your degree in less than two years. Finish 6 months sooner if you have a Bachelor or Graduate Certificate in a related discipline, or 1 year sooner if you have a Bachelor (Honours) or Graduate Diploma in a related discipline.
Create a brighter future for those around you. JCU Master of Global Development graduates have the strong intercultural competencies and self-reflexivity required to work effectively and ethically in developing countries.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Global Development.
As a graduate of the Master of Global Development, you will have strong skills in project and resource management, leadership, planning, critical evaluation and advanced research as well as extensive practical experience.
The Master of Global Development prepares you for a career with unlimited potential. Your knowledge and skills are highly applicable in many areas of education, welfare and development, allowing you to enter a wide variety of positions. Highly regarded by employers, development graduates are sought after within a range of national and international NGOs, government departments, local councils and private sector operators working in international development.
Your future career will have a national and international scope through JCU’s strong ties across the Asia Pacific and Tropics, which you will first experience in your professional placement. The connections you make with the organisation facilitating your placement could lead to employment opportunities post-graduation. These organisations can include local and state government, such as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), international NGOs such as ActionAid and Oxfam, and UN bodies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
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Master (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Arts, Society and Education
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Arts, Society and Education as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy
For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
48 credit points
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Global Development, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Master of Global Development.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
:03 Development in Practice
:03 Critical Issues in Global Development
:03 Community Development or :03 Environmental and Regional Planning or :03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development
:03 Equitable Development and Social Change
:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
:03 Politics and Foreign Relations
:03 Research Methods for Global Development [*for students wishing to choose the Research option] or Select 3 credit points from List 1
*NOTE: Students choosing the Research option must select EV5953 to meet the pre-requisite for this option
Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 1
Select one of the following Options
Option 1 (Research)
Students must achieve a GPA of 5.0 or above in the first year of study to be eligible to undertake this option
:06 Research Project
:06 Research Dissertation
:12 Social Science Coursework Masters Thesis
Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1
Option 2 (Placement)
Capstone subject SC5009 Professional Project is only available to students in their last semester of study.
:03 Career Planning
:12 Postgraduate Internship
Option 3 (Electives)
Select 15 credit points of subjects from List 1
Disaster Resilience, Conservation and Natural Resource Management
:03 Conservation Biology
:03 Population and Community Ecology
:03 Technological Applications in Ecology
:03 Restoration Ecology
:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management
:03 Marine Conservation Biology
:03 Economics and Sustainable Resource Management
:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation
:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance
:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning
:03 Leadership in Disaster Management
:03 Natural Resource Management
:03 Tropical Public Health
:03 Environmental Health
:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
:03 Global Health and Development
:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries
:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy
:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
:03 Disaster Health Management
:03 Public Health Economics
Sustainable Development Planning and Policy
:03 Climate Change and Biodiversity
:03 Environmental and Regional Planning
:03 Environmental Economics
:03 Sustainability in Practice
:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
:03 Urban Geography and Design
:03 Research Methods for Global Development
:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
:03 Policy Analysis and Management
:03 Sustainable Tourism Management
:03 Social Policy Analysis
:03 Indigenous Australians
:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects
:03 Comparative Indigenous Studies
:03 Navigating the Cultural Interface
Economics, Governance and Social Change
:03 Cost Benefit Analysis
:03 Econometrics and Big Data Analysis
:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development
:03 Macroeconomic Policy
:03 Economics of Social Policy
:03 Economics and Sustainable Resource Management
:03 Regional Environmental History
:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
:03 International Political Economy
:03 Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States
:03 Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism
Development Leadership and Management
:03 Design Thinking Principles
:03 Career Planning
:03 Leadership Futures
:03 State Society and Governance
:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
:03 Conflict Analysis
:03 Conflict Resolution Processes
:03 Ethical Decision Making and Reflective Practice
:03 People in Organisations
:03 Cross-Cultural Leadership
:03 Facilitative Mediation Practice
:03 Sustainable Conflict Management
:03 Leadership and Management Skills
:03 Professional Placement
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory Fieldwork
Must achieve a GPA of 5 or above in the first year of study to be eligible to undertake the 12 point research thesis
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
Credit may also be granted for the following:
* Cognate disciplines include: anthropology, geography, political science, international relations, area studies and social work
** Professional experience: Applicants must have a minimum two (2) years full-time employment in the field of Global Development, examples include: employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (or international equivalent), international nongovernment organisations (NGOs), indigenous organisations, local councils, social enterprises.
12 credit points, except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for any subject where there is subject equivalence between the awards.
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive one of the following awards:
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
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Master of Global Development
The Global Development program offered me a great blend of theoretical knowledge and opportunities for professional development through hands-on learning and work-placement opportunities. It truly made my postgraduate experience memorable, enriching, challenging and a worthwhile investment.
Master of Global Development
Seeking a change of career, I have decided to enrol for the Master’s program as I liked how the course was organised and the option to include a professional placement. It has been a very interesting two semesters with eye-opening and thought-provoking contributions from very engaged lecturers and guests speakers.
Master of Global Development
Wanting a career change, I chose to study the Global Development program. The course has increased my perspective and critical understanding of what ‘development’ means and the realisation that social, political, economic and cultural inequalities are faced everywhere, not just in so-called ‘developing countries'.
Course Coordinator, Global Development
The Global Development suite of courses is a university-wide study program that provides expertise and skills development across multiple sectors. You will acquire complex theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required to work locally, nationally or globally in a meaningful career.