Master of Global Development

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Master of Global Development

Join a new generation of ethical global citizens and change-makers. Become equipped with the skills and expertise to address pressing global challenges such as poverty alleviation, social justice, inequality, climate change, economic growth and sustainable resource management.

Through a multi-faceted approach to learning, you will develop the technical skills to take on high-level roles in civil society organisations, government agencies, and the private sector. It will enable you to acquire complex theoretical knowledge in development that is informed by multidisciplinary perspectives.

Access opportunities to undertake an individual research project and domestic or international learning internships that will expand your professional network. Participate in projects that respond to global and community priorities including partnerships aimed at creating a brighter future for life in the tropics.

JCU’s position in tropical Australia, and our relative proximity to remote communities, provides a unique platform for engaging with pressing global development issues, such as extractive industries and infrastructure expansion, as well as indigenous futures.

Campus
Cairns
This course can also be studied off-shore by overseas students.
Start dates
February, July
Duration
2 years full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
Prerequisites
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent

Career opportunities

Take on high-level roles within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments using your conceptual and technical skills obtained through the Master of Global Development.

Graduates will have strong intercultural competencies and the self-reflexivity required to work effectively and ethically in developing countries. Through fieldwork exercises and work-integrated learning programs, graduates will develop and apply professional leadership skills.

Graduates will be competitive in seeking employment with:

  • National and international non-government organisations
  • Government departments
  • Local councils
  • Private sector operators working in international development
  • Multilateral organisations
  • Global governance institutions.

Course highlights

Develop professional skills and build your knowledge through a distinctive focus on the tropical world and Northern Australia.

Analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex social and environmental problems, especially related to tropical, remote or Indigenous contexts. Use high levels of initiative, autonomy, accountability and collaboration.

Plan and conduct ethical and reliable evidence-based field studies. Execute a substantial research-based project by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to development practice.

Model professional leadership skills and work autonomously and collaboratively in the design, implementation and evaluation of development projects and policy-related initiatives.

See the handbook for detailed course information.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Pathway into course

JCU offers pathways courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.  Contact us for more information.

Handbook

Master of Global Development

Handbook year

2019

Course code

118204

Course type

Master (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science and Engineering 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.

Post admission
requirements

For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Global Development, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in international development policy and practice, including recent developments in the field.
  • Critically reflect on one’s social and cultural positionality to identify biases and assumptions that inform understandings of poverty, development, inequality and wellbeing.
  • Investigate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information, concepts and theories from a range of sources across relevant disciplines.
  • Plan and conduct ethical and reliable evidence-based field studies and execute a substantial research-based project, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to development practice.
  • Communicate complex theoretical propositions, methodologies, development-related data, arguments and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media.
  • Analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex social and environmental problems, especially related to tropical, remote or Indigenous contexts, by using high levels of initiative, autonomy, accountability and collaboration in the application of development practice knowledge and skills
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
  • Model professional leadership skills and work autonomously and collaboratively in the design, implementation and evaluation of development projects and policy-related initiatives.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EV5951:03 Development in Practice

EV5952:03 Critical Issues in Global Development

WS5103:03 Community Development or EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV5953:03 Research Methods for Global Development

AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation

PL5153:03 Politics and Foreign Relations

PLUS

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

BU5950: 06 Research Project

BU5951: 06 Research Dissertation

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of subjects from List 1 or

Option 2 (Placement)

SC5009:12 Professional Placement

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of subjects from List 1 or

Option 3 (Electives)

Select 30 credit points of subjects from List 1

LIST 1

Disaster resilience and natural resource management

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

EV5107:03 Environmental Management, Policy and Governance

EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning

EV5614:03 Leadership in Disaster Management

Public health

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

Sustainable development planning and policy

EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV5003:03 Environmental Economics

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change

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

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

Indigenous futures

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

IA5431:03 Justice and Indigenous Peoples

IA5010:03 Indigenous Research Ethics

IA5011:03 Field Procedures in Indigenous Research

Governance and social change

HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History

LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance

LB5236:03 International Political Economy

PL5110:03 Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States

PL5006:03 Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism

Leadership and management for development

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5241:03 Leadership

LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

LB5530:03 Conflict Resolution Processes

SC5007:06 Professional Project

SC5008:03 Professional Placement

The development researcher

EC5202:03 Cost Benefit Analysis

EC5216:03 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation in Economics

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6  years

Maximum leave of absence

2 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Course includes mandatory Fieldwork

Yes, this course includes mandatory fieldwork

Special assessment
requirements

Must achieve a GPA of 5 or above in the first year of study to be eligible to undertake the 12 point research thesis

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Advanced standing may also be granted for the following:

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a cognate* discipline; or graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a non-cognate discipline – up to 12 credit points
  • AQF level 8 bachelor honours degree in a cognate* discipline with relevant professional experience** - up to 24 credit points

* Cognate disciplines include: anthropology, geography, political science, international relations, area studies and social work

** Professional experience: Applicants must have a minimum four (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.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then advanced standing may be granted for any subject where there is subject equivalence between the awards.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

Approved abbreviation

MGlobDev

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:

  • Graduate Certificate of Global Development
  • Graduate Diploma of Global Development
Special Awards

Where coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the College Dean of Science and Engineering may recommend the award of a Master of Global Development with Distinction

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.