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Master of Development Studies (MDS)

  • M1195MASTER OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

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Title Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Course Code M1195
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Jane Hutchison | Email: J.Hutchison@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2995

Qualification Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Master of Development Studies (MDS) is a practical professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. Aimed at students from the developing world and those wanting to work in international development assistance, the MDS concentrates on the nexus of development, politics and governance, social and environmental sustainability, food and health security, international assistance, conflict management, gender relations and other significant issues impacting development.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Admission to the Master degree is available to students who have a Bachelor's degree in any area.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes Graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of major debates and
challenges in international development policy and practice
Critically evaluate key disciplinary and theoretical perspectives in
international development studies
Display high-level analytical and interpretative skills to meet the demands
of complex problems in international development
Demonstrate advanced management, teamwork and communication skills
appropriate to professional work in international development.
Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to apply ethical standards
appropriate to professional work in international development
Employment Prospects Suitable for those seeking a career in any aspect of international development, in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary for careers in international development in a broad range of settings such as regional and international organisations, government agencies, private firms, and non-government organisations involved in development.
Advanced Standing A student's advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account level of higher study and/or professional experience.

Up to 12 points (0.5 year) of advanced standing is available to students with:
* A Bachelor degree with a major in a cognate discipline to the Masters course
* Or, a Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline and a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in a cognate discipline to the Masters course
* Or, an Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline
* Or, a Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline and two years of relevant, documented professional experience.

Up to 24 points (1 year) of advanced standing is available to students with:
* An Honours degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline to the Masters course
* Or, an Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline and at least two years of relevant documented professional experience.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Core Units - 15 to 24 credit points

Theory - 12 credit points

SWM611 States, Social Forces and Development - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SWM511 Critical Approaches to Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SWM628 Development and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: WSP3-internal

Capstone Experience - 3 to 12 credit points

Select from the following options:

EITHER

SWM618 Social Science Research Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

AND

SWM617 Supervised Research Thesis - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

OR

SWM618 Social Science Research Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

AND

SWM6171 Supervised Research Thesis - 9 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

This 12,000-15,000 word thesis can only be taken with the approval of the Academic Chair.

OR

SWM619 Research Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

Students may wish to use this unit (SWM619) to undertake In-Country Studies Indonesia - a 6 point program run during the summer period by ACICIS. Students interested in this option should consult the Capstone Coordinator for application and enrolment information.

Students undertaking extended internship of 12 weeks/500 hours for 12 points should enrol in SWM619 Research Internship and

SWM6191 Internship Professional Placement - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal


OR

SWM620 Supervised Case Study Project - 3 points
Not available this year

Specified Electives - 24 to 33 credit points

Select from the following lists:

Professional

SWM532 Financial Administration and Budgeting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

MBS684 Managing Strategic Risk and Projects - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

MBS685 Project Management - 3 points
Not available this year

MBS687 Effective Leadership - 3 points
Not available this year

MBS555 Human Resource Management Perspectives - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MBS651 Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organisations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SWM621 Ethics and Global Justice - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM519 Strategic Health Leadership and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

MBS589 Social Enterprise, Social Innovation And Profit For Purpose - 3 points
Not available this year

Policy

SWM613 Public Policy Perspectives - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SWM612 Global Governance, Security and Economy - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SWM645 Public Sector Economics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SWM635 Security, Conflict and Violence - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SWM514 Global Public Health - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SWM515 Public Sector Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV616 Environmental Policy for the 21st Century - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 40 places), S1-external (quota of 10 places)

SWM516 Policy Research and Evaluation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

BIO681 Challenges in Food Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SWM646 Parliamentary Democracy - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM517 Health Policy and Governance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SWM518 Health Economics and Finance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 150 places), S1-external, S2-internal (quota of 150 places), S2-external

SWM647 Cultural and Communications Policy - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM648 Corruption, Anti-corruption and its Discontents - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM651 Comparative Governance and Public Administration - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SWM652 Private Sector and Development - 3 points
Not available this year

Language

Students may take up to two language units in either Indonesian or Japanese. Placement in language units is at the discretion of the Academic Chair, following an assessment of the student's language skills. There may be restrictions for students completing the Masters in 24 points. Please refer to the Handbook for available units in Indonesian or Japanese.

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