Master of International Development

Choose International Development at La Trobe

Affect real change with a Master of International Development at La Trobe.

This results-focussed course gives you the tools you'll need for a rewarding career in international development. You'll learn essential communications, advocacy and project-management skills as you explore the social, economic and political factors that shape nations. You'll discover new ways of thinking about contemporary issues as you learn to be critically reflective through conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research.

This world-class course offers you access to some of the most respected practitioners in the field. Course convenor, Chris Roche, was the 2013 recipient of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Annual Contribution to the Sector Award. You'll also study under the guidance of experienced practitioners from the Australian Red Cross, the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration, and the World Health Organization.

You'll have access to the Institute for Human Security and Social Change and you'll be surrounded by motivated peers with a shared vision for progress.

If you're ready to ask the hard questions, contribute to international change and join a community of passionate, dedicated practitioners, apply for a Master of International Development at La Trobe today.

Career outcomes

This degree equips you for careers in:

  • government and inter-government agencies
  • campaigning and advocacy
  • aid and development
  • environmental agencies.

Past graduates have found work with organisations like:

  • AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development),
  • the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Oxfam International
  • World Vision
  • Red Cross
  • the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This course also prepares you for roles as a:

  • project officer
  • journalist
  • ambassador
  • independent consultant. 

Course information

Location

Melbourne campus (campus location)

Duration

  • 1.5 - 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Students with a 70% average in an undergraduate degree in the humanities, social sciences or relevant discipline can complete this course in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent). If you've completed honours or a postgraduate diploma in a similar area, you might be able to complete this course in one year.
  • You can opt to exit this course with a graduate certificate (after 60 credit points) or a graduate diploma (after 120 credit points).

Delivery

Seminars and lectures are held at the Melbourne Campus during business hours.

Fees

  • The complete course is 180 credit points for students with an undergraduate degree in humanities, social sciences or relevant discipline.
  • For students with undergraduate degrees in other areas, the complete course is 240 credit points.

Australian students

  • $16,040 annual fee based on 120 credit points (indicative course fee for students starting in 2015).
  • You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

International students

Entry requirements

  • Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) with a 70% average.
  • Students with a 70% average in an undergraduate degree in humanities, social sciences or relevant disciplines are eligible to complete this course in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent).
  • International students need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no individual score below 6.0. Find out more about English language requirements here.

Course content

The length and content of this course depends on your previous studies and experience.

Students with an undergraduate degree in humanities, social sciences or other relevant areas can complete the course in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent). Students from other disciplines need to complete 60 credit points in selected humanities subjects before enrolling in the course's core fifth-year subjects.

To complete this course, all students will complete three core subjects and 90 credit points of elective subjects from List A.

Core subjects

  • Contemporary Approaches to Development
  • Making Social Change Happen
  • Field Methods and Research for Development

List A elective subjects

Study your choice of electives from List A to complete 90 credit points. Available subjects include:

  • Australia's International Health Relations
  • Issues in International Studies and Development
  • Security in a Borderless World
  • States in Transition: Peacebuilding After Civil War and Regime Change
  • Development and the Environment.

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

Industry connections

This course gives you access to highly experienced practitioners from the Australian Red Cross, the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration, and the World Health Organization.

This degree also gives you access to original work from La Trobe's Institute for Human Security and Social Change.

Inside look: an international mover and shaker

Since graduating from La Trobe's Master of International Development in 2012, Tasneem Chopra has gone on to become an active public figure, curator, consultant and activist in development, art, and women's rights. She is currently the Program Convenor for the 2014 Muslim Leadership Program at La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue and Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR).

Tasneem presents regularly at conferences around the world, has appeared on the ABC's 'Q & A', and presented at TedxMelbourne in 2013 on defeating stereotypes.

Having worked in the field prior to study, Tasneem used the Master of International Development to consolidate her skills and bring new perspectives to her work.

'Before this course my understanding was basic, and my perceptions incorrect,' she said. 'I now feel I have the skills and confidence to enter the [development] field more realistically. The tutors were always accessible and approachable, and even though I was returning to study as a postgraduate student after so many years, I always found them accommodating.'

Find out more about Tasneem here.

Featured staff

Mr Chris Roche

Mr Roche is the Convenor and Associate Professor of the Master of International Development and the Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change. Mr Roche has over 25 years' experience working in the field working as a project manager, evaluator, policy researcher and director. His research interests in international aid and development include complexity, power and politics; leadership, networks and coalitions; and poverty, gender relations and inequality. Mr Roche continues to work as a consultant, with recent clients including DFAT, the Central Land Council and Caritas. He has been published extensively in a range of journals. See Chris Roche's full staff profile here.

Dr Celia McMichael

Dr McMichael teaches 'Contemporary Approaches to Development' and 'Development in Practice' in the Master of International Development at La Trobe. She is also the Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change. With a background in medical anthropology, international development and public health, Dr McMichael has conducted extensive research in a range of areas and worked in applied roles as a settlement support worker for newly-arrived refugees in Melbourne and as a WHO technical officer in remote areas of Angola. Dr McMichael continues to work as a consultant with the Australian Red Cross and the World Health Organization. She has contributed chapters to a number of books with titles including 'Health promotion strategies for migrants in the Asian context', 'I was used to worse in a refugee camp', and 'Marginalised populations and sexual health'. See Celia McMichael's full staff profile here.

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