Master of International Development Practice

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Master of International Development Practice

“Through understanding, inspiring and creating change”

The Master of International Development Practice course focuses on understanding and addressing the political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges that can lead to extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability.


Welcome to the Master of International Development Practice program

The Master of International Development Practice is for students who want to make a difference in the world by participating in and leading meaningful transformation.

Monash University is a leader in development research, with specialists from across the university teaching in this program. You will be taught by staff who are passionate about their research and teaching, have experience in development work, or are engaged with the development community through their research.

Students may create a general program from the diverse elective options available or can choose to focus their electives in one of the following areas:

  • Democracy, Justice and Governance
  • Gender, Conflict and Security
  • Crisis, Change and Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management

International relevance and practical experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of International Development Practice, you will have the opportunity to engage with the sector and participate in internships and field schools both in Australia and overseas.

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Research-led teaching

The Master of International Development Practice offers an applied approach to the theory and practice of international development.

Delivered by specialists from the humanities, social sciences, medicine, business and economics, education and law, the program enables project management, leadership skills development and research training within an interdisciplinary core curriculum.

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Development community links

Monash University works closely with individuals and groups working in the area of international development. These active partnerships ensure that you will be integrated into ongoing dialogues in development practice.

The Oxfam-Monash Partnership offers you a strategic advantage in establishing a career within the international development sector.

We hosted the Biennial Australian Council for International Development University Network Conference June 4th & 5th 2015 (ACFID). The theme for this conference was Evidence and Practice in an Age of Inequality.

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Fieldwork and internships

As part of your studies, you will be able to acquire practical experience through fieldwork and internship opportunities in countries such as South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Fiji.

Monash’s network of international campuses in Malaysia, South Africa, Italy, India and China also provide opportunities for exchange.

We also offer South Africa Student Placement Program, which allows students to gain experience in international and community development. More information below.

All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.

Career development support

The program is oriented towards career building in areas such as human rights advocacy, aid agencies in government and non-government sectors, non-government organisations, the Fair Trade business sector, community organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

The MIDP academic program is underlined by careers workshops to help you strategically plan your career. We also provide free and subsidised student membership to Devex.

In 2015, Monash created an online mentoring program, Colab M, with WhyDev. The program is run for MIDP students and will link students with development practitioners around the world.

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Research and pathways to higher research

Research competency is an important skill for development practitioners. One of our core units, Research for Development helps you to build core competencies in designing, evaluating and mobilising research for change. Our capstone units provide you with the opportunity to pursue an independent research project or thesis on a topic of your choice.

For those interested in going on to further study, you have the opportunity to complete a 18,000-word research thesis that provides a pathway to a PhD.

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Language development

Language competency is an essential aspect of community development work. At Monash, you will have the opportunity to undertake intensive language units in Indonesian and Spanish for fieldwork.

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Monash University is committed to working with industry, business, government, and the community sector to find innovative solutions to today’s problems.

We recognise the importance of building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with our external partners. These relationships enhance the quality and relevance of our programs and our research capabilities, build a shared knowledge base, and deliver solutions to our partners. Find out more.

MIDP at the Monash University Global Discovery Program

The trip of a lifetime awaits eight talented Monash students who will wing their way to the city that never sleeps this week as part of the Global Discovery Program. Among them is George Kennedy, a student in the Master of International Development Practice course.



Study Streams

Students can study within the following streams:


Democracy, Justice and Governance  

Students interested in policy-making and issues of conflict and post-conflict transition, governance, human migration, human rights, and international trade should consider units in this stream. Students will focus on analysing and evaluating policy, regulations, institutions, and normative arguments.  They will also consider key actors such as non-government organisations, corporations, states, and civil society.

Gender, Conflict and Security

Students concentrating on this stream will seek to understand debates and discourses on conflict and security, as well as gender, as they pertain to war, conflict, peace, human rights, and global political economy. By developing a firm understanding of security and conflict, students will also be able to reflect on the gender implications in contemporary international politics. In addition, students have the option of specialising in health, gender and human rights as part of the broader examination of security challenges.

Crisis, Change and Management

This stream provides students with the opportunity to engage with the complexity and challenges of crisis situations including humanitarian, disaster, social, political and security issues.  A key focus is on understanding the complexities of organisational problem-solving, disaster preparedness, and community resilience.

Sustainable Resource Management

The focus of this stream is sustainable ecological management. Students will develop an understanding of the key environmental challenges of our times, analyse the theoretical and empirical bases of resource management issues, and examine issues of governance, urbanisation, and corporate social responsibility.

How to study

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Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

How do I become a Commonwealth Supported (CSP) student?

A small number of CSP places are available for some of our master's programs. Refer to Fees and Entry Requirements (above) to check availability of CSP places for this course. Where places are available we automatically assess all eligible applicants before semester one and two for this award. High-achieving students should ensure they apply before the advertised deadline for the relevant intake to be ranked for potential selection. Applications received after the deadline may be accepted for a full-fee place, however will not be considered for a Commonwealth Supported place.

What our alumni think

Monash graduates have found employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations both in Australia and internationally.

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Meet our academic teaching staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

Dr Samanthi Gunawardana

Dr Samanthi Gunawardana

Dr Samanthi Gunawardana is a Lecturer in Gender and Development in the Faculty of Arts, and the Course Coordinator for the Master of International Development Practice. Samanthi’s research examines the impact of development policy on employment systems, labour, and livelihoods among rural women in South Asia with a particular emphasis on Sri Lanka.

Dr Eleanor Gordon

Eleanor is a Lecturer in Politics and International Development and Deputy Director of the Master in International Development Practice (MIDP) programme. She is also on the Monash Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Steering Committee. Her research and practice focusses on building security and justice after conflict and inclusive approaches to peacebuilding.

Dr Bruce Missingham

Dr Bruce Missingham

Dr Bruce Missingham is an anthropologist with interests in the study of development and environmental movements in Southeast Asia, and education for sustainable development in universities and NGOs. Bruce was involved in the design and delivery of the International WaterCentre’s Master of Integrated Water Management program.