MC073 - Master of Social Science (International Development)

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Plan: MC073DE - Master of Social Science (International Development)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Objectives of the program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Social Science (International Development)
Award abbreviation: MSocSc(IntlDev)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years full-time/3 years part-time
Location: Distance Education
Owning school: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (365H)
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ASCED code: 040103
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Objectives of the program

The Master of Social Science (International Development) is designed to provide you with advanced professional capabilities that are essential to effective practice at senior levels in the international development field. You will gain practical insights into the nature of international development work and discover how theory and ideology shape international development as a field of professional practice and scholarship. Through a combination of core and elective courses you will examine the uneven distribution of human wellbeing, social opportunity and economic wealth across the globe. The program explores the role played by historical, political and geographical factors, and the impact of social status, gender and ethnicity.

The program is designed to give you a unique insight into the dynamics of change around the world, especially in the developing world and in struggling or marginalised communities in the developed world. International Development, at RMIT, is one of the largest development studies program offering courses at post grad level in on-line and on-campus delivery modes. Industry feedback and work integrated learning is facilitated through various workshops nested within classroom teaching and on-line activities.

In the program you will critically engage with the theories, practices and debates in the development field and the opportunity to explore the practical relevance of development theory including theories of gender, civil society and participatory development.

The program is designed to provide you with the professional skills to work in the development sector after graduating. You will have opportunities to further develop skills needed to understand the diversity in cultures, socio-political settings and approaches to development planning and policy. The program offers you scope to specialise in international project management, health, community development, human trafficking, development finance and gender issues.

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Articulation and pathways

If you are enrolled in the Masters program you may exit early after completing the requirements of the related Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma, with that level of qualification.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate
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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit studies in International Development. However, the program connects to development agencies and aid organizations by bringing industry practitioners into the classroom, engaging with the development sector to facilitate field learning opportunities and research collaboration.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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