Master of Global Development
Engage with politics and power in the modern world
Get a deep understanding of policy, politics, people and power in the modern world. Develop your thought leadership skills. Look for creative solutions to improve the world around you. Connect to the international development community.
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- 30 Jun 24
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- 20 Oct 24
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What you'll learn
Graduates of the Master of Global Development will have:
- a body of knowledge of global socio-economic-environmental trends to design, implement and evaluate transformational programmes in diverse cultural contexts
- knowledge of development theories and their relationship to complex and diverse policy contexts in contemporary societies and historically
- knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the interdisciplinary field of global development studies
- knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals and critical perspectives on international development agendas.
Graduates from this degree may find career opportunities within non-government organisations and aid organisations, international development, government policy, consultancy and research. Potential organisations include Oxfam, Amnesty International, United Nations, World Bank, AusAid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Global Development, a student must:
- hold any Bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale) OR
- hold a related Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) - students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing OR
- hold a related Bachelor Honours or Graduate Diploma (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) - students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing OR
- have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to one of the above.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:
Credit for previous study or work
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. You can apply to Griffith to recognise your prior learning, including:
• Formal learning through courses completed at uni and TAFE.
• Informal learning through workplace experience or volunteer training.
• Non-formal learning through social experiences and hobbies.
In a world where change is the only constant, the Master of Global Development will give you a deep understanding of policy, politics, people and power in the modern world. If you are looking to develop your thought leadership skills and identify new, creative solutions that will improve the world around you, then the Master of Global Development is the right fit for you.
This degree was developed to align with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, created to address the world's most pressing challenges - including ending poverty and bringing economic prosperity, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and peace and good governance to all countries and all people by 2030. During your study, you will examine the dynamics of global issues including:
- Climate Change and Disaster Management
- Development Economics
- Health and Development
- Human Rights and Development
- Law Politics and Planning
- Sustainable Development
As part of your degree, you will work with experts from across the university including our research centres, and will be connected with the international development community. This means you can feel confident you will graduate with the critical perspective, strategic knowledge and contacts necessary to work towards agile solutions to these big issues - and make a difference.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
• Disaster Management and Resilience Building
• Environmental Systems and Climate Change
• Communication in Crises and Disasters
• Policymaking and Planning for Climate Change
Plus there’s a selection of electives to choose from. As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
To be eligible for the award of Master of Global Development (MGlobalDev), a student must successfully complete 160 credit points including:
- 60 credit points for core courses; 60 credit points of listed electives and 40 credit points of postgraduate free-choice electives; OR
- 50 credit points of listed electives and 50 credit points for dissertation courses.
To be eligible for the award of Master of Global Development (MGlobalDev), a student admitted with 40 credit points of advanced standing must successfully complete 120 credit points including:
- 40 credit points for core courses; 40 credit points of listed electives and 40 credit points of postgraduate free-choice electives; OR
- 30 credit points of listed electives and/or postgraduate free-choice electives and 50 credit points for dissertation courses.
To be eligible for the award of Master of Global Development (MGlobalDev), a student admitted with 80 credit points of advanced standing must successfully complete 80 credit points including:
- 20 credit points for core courses; 40 credit points for listed electives and 20 credit points of postgraduate free-choice electives; OR
- 10 credit points of listed electives and/or postgraduate free choice electives and 50 credit points for dissertation courses.
This degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur.
To be eligible to exit the Master of Global Development program with the Graduate Certificate in Global Development award, a student must acquire 40 credit points including at least 30 credit points of core courses.