Master of Development Practice

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an appropriate AQF level 7 bachelor degree at this or another University. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience or interest in international development practice.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements

Additional completion requirements for the field components of the course include: immunization certificates for Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid fever.

Post admission requirements

Prior to undertaking the field components of the course, students must provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B as well as immunisation certificates for Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid Fever. JCU Infectious Diseases policy and Immunisation Guidelines.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course Structure

Core Subjects:

EV5011:03 Contemporary Issues in Development Practice

EV5012:03 Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods


BZ5520:03 Agroecology

EC5205:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV5911:03 Independent Project and Dissertation (Part 1 of 2)

EV5912:06 Independent Project and Dissertation (Part 2 of 2)

LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis

PL5110:03 Government and Politics in Developing Areas or PL5003:03 Governance, Democratisation and the State

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development


Select 9 credit points of specified level 5 subjects determined in consultation with the course co-coordinator

AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

BZ5215:03 Conservation Biology

BZ5230:03 Ecological Research Methods

BZ5480:03 Restoration Ecology

BZ5625:03 Tropical Agroforestry

BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation

BZ5808:03 Adapting to Environmental Challenges

BZ5880:03 Ecology: Distribution, Abundance and Diversity

EA5016:03 Hydrology

EA5018:03 Field Studies in Tropical Water and Soil Science

EA5340:03 Disturbed Site Repair

EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV5002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment

EV5003:03 Environmental Economics

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5014:03 Managing Tropical Fisheries

EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV5205:03 Conserving Tropical Rainforests

EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

EV5210:03 Management of Marine Protected Areas

EV5251:03 Environmental Impacts of Human Activities in Protected Areas

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology

EV5454:03 Natural Hazards

EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV5506:03 Remote Sensing

EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

EV5602:03 Urban Design Studio

EV5603:03 Planning Legislation and Professional Practice

EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning

MB5350:03 Current Issues in Coral Reef Ecology

SC5055:03 Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences


Select 3 credit points of specified level 5 subjects

ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability

ED5912:03 Co-Learning for a Sustainable Future

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change

HI5001:03 Asia and the World

IA5010:03 Indigenous Research Ethics

IA5011:03 Field Procedures in Indigenous Research

IA5012:03 Interpreting Research

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

LA5902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

LB5230:03 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations

LB5236:03 Comparative Global Business Systems

LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change

LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

LB5526:03 Conflict Management and Engagement

PL5002:03 Policy Analysis and Management

PL5003:03 Governance, Democratisation and the State

PL5110:03 Government and Politics in Developing Areas

PL5153:03 International Relations and Foreign Policy

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5554:03 Theory and Practice of Public Health

TM5570:03 Health Promotion Research and Evaluation

WS5103:03 Community Development


Type of major

This course does not have majors

Credit points in major


Special requirements








Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

The grade of Pass Conceded may not be awarded in subjects for this course.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions


Award Details

This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable