Master of Sustainable Development
Sustainability across the local, national, and global stage
Master the knowledge, skills and tools to build a sustainable future. Work on solutions to real development issues and policy problems. Explore biodiversity, climate change, population, food production, and more. Tackle a research dissertation.
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A postgraduate degree at Flinders in Sustainable Development will equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools to help create a sustainable future, with real impact by answering real questions, from real topics that need answers.
On completion of the course you will be able to:
• Appraise contemporary theories in the field of development studies and the socio-economic, political, cultural and environmental forces that shape developing countries
• Evaluate different types of information including big data sets relevant to the problems of development
• Determine appropriate analytical tools (e.g., Human Development Index) and conceptual frameworks (e.g., Muti-dimensional Poverty) used by development practitioners
• Assess development problems within the broader political and institutional context of international development at local, national and international scales
• Defend research principles and methods and complete a research project
Our program suits people seeking or consolidating careers in international and sustainable development, including the NGO sector, government departments specialising in foreign affairs, trade, sustainable development as well as multilateral development agencies, international development institutions, development consultancy and managing contractors.
Potential occupations include:
- Policy officer or advisor
- Research officer
- Environmental consultant
- Development practitioner
- Humanitarian aid worker
- Community development officer
Potential employers include:
- Government organisations
- Non-government organisations
- The private sector
Applicants must normally hold a degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- First language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language) completed secondary schooling in Australia
- Completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- Completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- Completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- Achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- Completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment.
Development Studies is an interdisciplinary field of teaching and research that takes 'development' as its central concern. It intends to study the improvement in people’s lives through the lens of human development which Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen has eloquently stated as the goal of providing people the freedom to make their lives better. Heeding Sen’s call and those of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals, this course will develop the knowledge and skills in analysing the causes, effects and solutions to some of the major development issues in the world, whilst laying the foundation of an exciting career both locally and internationally.
Recommended Study Pattern
First year topics:
- Development Problems and Solutions
- Sustainable Development in a Global World: Challenges and Prospects
- Asian Regional Development
- Smart, Liveable and Resilient Cities
- Population Dynamics
Second year topics:
- Gender Analysis
- Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Development
- Social Statistics
- A Research Thesis
- A Research Project
To qualify for the Master of Sustainable Development, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic
Upon completion of 36 units or 18 units a student may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development or the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development, subject to meeting the program of study for that award.