Taught course

Master of Development Practice

University of Queensland · Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCDevPract or GCCommDev or GDipDevPract with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 with 2 years relevant professional experience. This experience may be in a paid or substantial volunteer capacity and will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant has made a contribution to the organisation or relevant community of interest.

CRICOS Code: 053341G

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Months of entry

July, February

Course content

Why study the Master of Development Practice?

The Master of Development Practice addresses key topics in the world: the political economy of development, gender, health, environment, climate change impact, food security, and methods for gauging social impacts of change on communities and regions. The courses bring together aspects of community level development, urban, regional and social planning, and political analysis from local to global levels. The program teaches you to deal with the challenges faced by development practitioners across multiple levels and scales in both developed and developing countries.

The program offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach to advancing the knowledge and skills of students who seek to obtain a better understanding of the challenges of development in the contemporary context. Taught and supervised by scholars engaged in the field through research and practice, the program creates teaching approaches that are both inspiring and informative. Whilst equipping students with analytical and technical skills for development work, teaching staff are intent on providing a learning space for students to 'discover' their practice. This requires deeply reflective capabilities to understand personal qualities as practitioners within the context of contemporary development practice.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 3 8676 7004