International development

Why study International development?

We offer an active intellectual and practical environment for students of international development. The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce is home to the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, and also hosts the La Trobe Refugee Research Centre. The College consists of dedicated researchers and teachers, some of whom are leaders in their field. The College has regional and country expertise – including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and Africa.

Students enrolling full-time in the Master of International Development are eligible for Austudy or Youth Allowance. Visit the Centrelink website for further information.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Development NGOs (non-government organisations), project officer, journalism, implementation and evaluation of development programs within government organisations.

Courses

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent 4 years

Master of Arts

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: Two years full-time or part-time equivalent 2 years

Master of International Development

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent 2 years

Related study options

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Your study experience

Other ways into postgraduate study

Contact us on 1300 135 045 to find out about other ways into postgraduate study.

Study with practitioners

You have the opportunity to learn from practitioners like Linda Kelly, Andrew Hewett, Chris Roche and members of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, who have many years experience in the field with NGOs both here and overseas.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Many of La Trobe's International Development students chose to study in countries such as Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and Thailand.  Some of these universities also offer student placements in development agencies, where they gain firsthand experience of development work. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short-term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

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