Murdoch University


Murdoch University is where free thinkers from all over the world come together to make a difference. Murdoch is a modern, dynamic university with a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and student support and satisfaction.

Murdoch ranks in the top two per cent of universities globally according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013/2014) and ranked in the top 100 Universities under 50 years of age according to the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 (2014). Murdoch has also recently been given a five star graduate employment rating by students in the popular Good Universities Guide (2015).

Education at Murdoch is about creating opportunities for your future, in this fast paced age of globalisation, your career possibilities are endless. At Murdoch, we create the pathways for you to access every one of those little possibilities. We have state-of-the art facilities, great student services and a wide range of courses. We will help you to make the most of your university education and offer you opportunities that will make your study experience truly memorable.

Murdoch is located approximately 20 minutes by car (15 kilometers) from Perth’s city centre and 10 minutes (8 kilometers) from the port city of Fremantle, and has over 22,000 students, including 3000 international students form over 90 different countries studying courses at Undergraduate and Graduate level through our 9 Schools:

  • School of Engineering & IT
  • School of Management & Governance
  • School of Arts
  • School of Health Professionals
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Veterinary & Life Sciences
  • Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master of Development Studies

Campus Full time Part time February 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

The Master of Development Studies (MDS) is a professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. [+]

Course code M1195 The Master of Development Studies (MDS) is a professional degree focussing on the challenges of social, economic, and political development and poverty alleviation. Aimed at students from the developing world and those working in international development assistance, the MDS concentrates on the nexus of development, politics and social and environmental sustainability, food and health security, disaster risk management, international assistance, state building, conflict management, gender relations and other significant issues impacting development. Previous tertiary qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may qualify students for advanced standing, meaning they could complete a Masters qualification in as little as 12 or 18 months. (The 12 and 18 month programs are designed for those already working in the field of development and who are seeking career advancement opportunities. The 2 year program is designed for recent graduates or those seeking a career change.) A student's advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account level of higher study and/or professional experience. The MDS offers students: - Understanding of the key strategies for social, economic and political development and poverty alleviation - High-level analytical skills to evaluate the priorities, strengths and limitations of competing policy approaches to development, developed through the practical investigation of current policy issues - Professional skills relating to leadership, finance and project management, and communication - A detailed knowledge of the interests, processes and problems of contemporary development assistance, and international aid work, through intensive study in specialist units - Policy electives that provide an understanding of contemporary political, social and cultural trends within the Australian, East Asian and Indo-Pacific regional context - Students can choose electives to suit their professional needs and policy interests. The degree concludes with a ‘capstone’ experience with students opting to undertake either a policy case study project, a professional internship, or a supervised research thesis. Length of course 2 years, 18 months or 12 months, dependent upon prior study and professional experience. Full-time or part-time equivalent. [-]


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