The guiding aim of our programs in international development is to encourage thoughtful and reflexive practitioners, analysts and policymakers who understand the complexity of international development and who are able to effectively analyse and respond to challenges.
We believe that this understanding requires students to be well acquainted with the history of development thinking and practice as well as having up to date knowledge and skills relating to current best practice. Students have direct contact with senior and experienced practitioners from the development sector. A distinctive aspect of our degree programmes is the quality and experience of practitioners that teach into our subjects, including those who have worked with Oxfam, the Australian Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and more.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.Sample course structure
Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.
To qualify for the award of Master of International Development, students must complete a total of 240 credit points across 2 years.
Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0 CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO DEVELOPMENT DST5DAC 1 15 DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE DST5DIP 1 15 GENDER MOBILITY AND DEVELOPMENT DST5GMD 1 15 HOW SOCIAL CHANGE HAPPENS DST5HSM 1 15 MAKING DEVELOPMENT MATTER DST5CTD 1 15 RESEARCH SKILLS HUS5ADR 1 15 FIELD METHODS AND RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT DST5MDF 2 15
A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available.See La Trobe University Handbook for more details
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Employment in international development organisations, government and inter-governmental agencies, campaigning/advocacy organisations, media organisations, and research or training institutes, which include: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development), the Australian Federal Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Oxfam, World Vision, Red Cross, United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Graduates can seek employment in the following roles: development project officer; humanitarian delegate; policy and research officer (NGO, government, business, academic); journalist; communications officer; analyst; public health/emergency relief officer; campaign/advocacy officer and fundraising.