Master of Global Development

Make a difference to global futures with the University ranked #1 in the world for collaborative partnerships for the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (SDGs).* Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed to help direct development initiatives like poverty alleviation, sustainable planning, and global health. * Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020

#1 in the world*

Collaborating for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals * Times Higher Education(THE) Impact Rankings 2020

Accelerated learning

Finish sooner with credit for previous study

#1 in Queensland*

Full-time employment *Good Universities Guide 2020, PG outcomes


Online study is only available to off-shore students


  • Online: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



+estimated annual tuition fee
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible


2 years full-time

Part-time study available for online students

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent



Course detail

Real stories

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    Joyce Gehr

    Master of Global Development

    The Global Development program offered me a great blend of theoretical knowledge and opportunities for professional development through hands-on learning and work-placement opportunities. It truly made my postgraduate experience memorable, enriching, challenging and a worthwhile investment.

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    Markus Kaufmann

    Master of Global Development

    Seeking a change of career, I have decided to enrol for the Master’s program as I liked how the course was organised and the option to include a professional placement. It has been a very interesting two semesters with eye-opening and thought-provoking contributions from very engaged lecturers and guests speakers.

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    Rachel Young

    Master of Global Development

    Wanting a career change, I chose to study the Global Development program. The course has increased my perspective and critical understanding of what ‘development’ means and the realisation that social, political, economic and cultural inequalities are faced everywhere, not just in so-called ‘developing countries'.

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    Kearrin Sims

    Course Coordinator, Global Development

    The Global Development suite of courses is a university-wide study program that provides expertise and skills development across multiple sectors. You will acquire complex theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required to work locally, nationally or globally in a meaningful career.