Master of Global Development
Consolidate and extend your expertise in Global Development and join a new generation of ethical global citizens and change-makers. JCU’s central, tropical location gives Global Development graduates a unique platform for engaging with pressing global development issues.
Part time available
JCU Master of Global Development graduates are experts in their field and are highly sought-after in various local and global settings.
Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, including national and international nongovernment organisations, government departments, local councils, multilateral organisations, global governance institutions, and research.
You could find employment as a leading advocate, business planner and developer, fundraiser, disaster recovery specialist, research officer, teacher, engineer, or health professional.
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.
About JCU's Master of Global Development
Be a part of the next generation of leaders, bringing the global community together for the good of all. Understand what drives economic development and social forces worldwide. Become an effective agent for positive change through your Master of Global Development (similar to a Masters Degree in International Studies) at JCU.
Learn How the World Works
Become more than just an ethical global citizen: become an expert in generating solutions to complex problems. Build a critical understanding of the history of national development, international interactions, and concepts of justice. Understand the place of human rights within economic development and environmental protection by studying a program built around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Build an understanding of how poverty and cultural imperialism intersect and how social policies can make a real change. Take advantage of JCU's unique placement in Northern Australia to develop your intercultural competence as you work with marginalised peoples in rural and urban environments both in Australia and overseas.
Become a critical thinker to identify bias and how it influences poverty, social development, and inequality. Gain a thorough understanding of how poverty and inequality affect the individual, families, and whole communities.
Apply Your Knowledge
Experience has no substitute. Apply your knowledge to on-the-job experience through this international development masters program at JCU. Develop competency through fieldwork or a research project under lecturers committed to student success.
Became a change-maker through independent and collaborative research and professional projects. You will have a wide selection of courses available to tailor your global development study to meet your professional goals. Develop your skill to plan and conduct research using complex theories and methodology. Master how to apply that research towards responsible and ethical change for communities.
Take part in research that makes a difference. Become an effective, critical thinker as you review regulations and their outcomes. Use your skills to advise governments, critique policies, and find solutions for critical issues of human development.
Become a Leader With A Masters Degree in International Development
Be ready today for tomorrow through your development studies masters course at JCU. Gain the skills to work ethically in developing countries through JCU's international development masters program.
Use your strong communication skills and knowledge of relevant laws and regulations to create positive change. Become a leader capable of communicating arguments to professionals and lay-people alike across a variety of media. Master the ability to work autonomously or within a team to develop and implement initiatives.
Work across any field through a strong theoretical foundation and extensive real-life experience. Be ready to work in government, at non-profits, in private industry, or in education. Become an effective fundraiser for global initiatives or a change-maker in community and public health. Advocate for human rights or ecological restoration, or guide business in responsible economic development.
Be a True Master of Global Development
You don't have to go far, to go far. Your world-class education begins here, in Queensland, and it can take you worldwide. Build your career in Australia's unique global environment, working with local councils implementing initiatives for rural, remote or urban communities. Or, go abroad and engage with international governments to balance economic growth with ecological responsibility.
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Be empowered to lead change by critically reviewing regulatory requirements, ethical principles, and cultural frameworks. Address global poverty, inequality, climate change and development issues, with an emphasis on tropical, remote, and Indigenous contexts.
Benefit from a multi-faceted approach to learning. Undertake an individual research project, and take advantage of a domestic or international internship that will expand your professional network. Develop and apply leadership skills by partnering with leading global organisations.
Create a brighter future. JCU Master of Global Development graduates have the strong intercultural competencies and self-reflexivity required to work effectively and ethically in developing countries.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this 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.
Master of Global Development
Master (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
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.
For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
48 credit points
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Global Development, graduates will be able to:
EV5951:03 Development in Practice
EV5952:03 Critical Issues in Global Development
EV5953:03 Research Methods for Global Development
AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
PL5153:03 Politics and Foreign Relations
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
Select 18 credit points of subjects from List 1
Option 2 (Placement)
SC5009:12 Professional Project
Select 18 credit points of subjects from List 1
Option 3 (Electives)
Select 30 credit points of subjects from 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 International Environmental Policy and Governance
EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning
EV5614:03 Leadership in Disaster Management
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
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
LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
LB5530:03 Conflict Resolution Processes
SC5007:06 Professional Project
SC5008:03 Professional Placement
The development researcher
AN5007:06 Ethnography in Practice
EC5202:03 Cost Benefit Analysis
EC5216:03 Econometrics and Big Data Analysis
EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory Fieldwork
Yes, this course includes mandatory fieldwork
Must achieve a GPA of 5 or above in the first year of study to be eligible to undertake the 12 point research thesis
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
credit may also be granted for the following:
* Cognate disciplines include: anthropology, geography, political science, international relations, area studies and social work
** Professional experience: Applicants must have a minimum two (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.
12 credit points, except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for any subject where there is subject equivalence between the awards.
credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
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:
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
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