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Master of Global Development

Location
Cairns
This course can also be studied off-shore by overseas students.
Commencing
February, July
Duration
2 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
CRICOS code
098478G
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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.

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.

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.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please contact enquiries@jcu.edu.au.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Master of Global Development

Handbook year

2020

Course code

118204

Course type

Master (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Division of 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 Project

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 International Environmental 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

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

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

Credit

Eligibility

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:

  • 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 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.

Maximum allowed

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.

Currency

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

Expiry

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.

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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$31,200 (Estimate only)

Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don’t meet the academic or English language entry requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.