MC211 - Master of International Development

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Plan: MC211 - Master of International Development
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose 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 International Development
Award abbreviation: MIntDev
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: Equivalent to 2 years FT or 4 years PT, (check Articulation & Pathways section for more detail)
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090399
CRICOS code: 079979K

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of International Development is designed to provide you with specialised theoretical knowledge and advanced professional capabilities for effective practice 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.

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse and engage with the complexities that emerge from the intersection of cultures and socio-political settings, and apply approaches to development planning and policy. You will be able to interpret issues, confidently lead others and provide informed insights into future directions of development policy in a variety of levels in public and private spheres. 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.

You may select up to six electives in development practice, giving you specialist skills and knowledge in areas including humanitarian assistance, gender, peace-building, sustainability, justice, human rights, communication, management and languages. Alternatively, you may select electives that give you broad capabilities relevant to this diverse sector. 

A capstone experience based on an individually negotiated project or a minor thesis will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. The program provides the research skill base for you to engage in further learning in a research degree and life-long learning skills to enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is fraught with complexity and dilemma.

You are able to complete the program fully face to face, online or a blend of both modes.

On completion of the program you will be able to work in professional senior level roles in local community-based organisations, international non-governmental organisations, networks, government agencies and multi-lateral bodies, like the United Nations. You will have unique insights into the dynamics of change around the world, especially in the developing world and in struggling or marginalised communities in the developed world.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications specialising in: international studies, politics, sociology, social work, international community development or history you will be eligible for exemptions as detailed in the table below: 

Qualification levelExemptionsRemaining program duration
Bachelor Degree48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor honours degree48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)

Applicants with a bachelor honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfers of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Upon completion of the first year of the program (96 credit points), including core courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in International Development (GD066). If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Master of International Development (MC211) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in Postgraduate Research Programs. 

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements 

An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered. Applicants applying for entry on the basis of work experience must include with their application a CV and direct applicant statement detailing their experience. 

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page -

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page -



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External accreditation and industry links

This program brings industry practitioners into the classroom, as well as engaging with the development sector to facilitate field learning opportunities and research collaboration.

The program has strong industry links which take on a variety of forms, including guest lectures, course advice, internships and delivery of whole courses.Strong connections exist with a range of development agencies and aid organizations including AusAid, Care Australia, Oxfam, and World Vision, with formal partnerships with RedR and Red Cross.

There is regular consultation with a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit studies in International Development.

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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

Library resources and services

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

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