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Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies

Approved Abbreviation: MHumanDevtSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1866.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 096600D


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2018 or later.

The Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies (M HADS) responds to the need for qualified workers in disaster relief and development, in government and non-government agencies involved in humanitarian operations and development practice; addressing challenges and opportunities associated with various forms of national and international migration; public health programming, preparedness and response; and building the resilience of vulnerable populations. The purpose of the program is for the practical application of specialised theoretical knowledge in humanitarian and development contexts. This is complemented by pathways to advanced research, and by career development support through extensive networks and partnerships, including with International non-government organisations. M HADS graduates will complete 120 credit points to develop specific skills that are situated in practice and geared towards further learning. They will be able to act with autonomy and accountability in complex areas of risk, equipped with the knowledge derived from substantial research in the coursework, and a placement experience with an industry partner. The structure of the program is tailored towards individual needs and interests and is linked to the specific industry requirements of humanitarian and development practitioners.

The M HADS has both entry and exit points for the Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies (Grad Dip HADS) and the Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian and Development Studies (Grad Cert HADS).

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Melissa Phillipsmelissa.phillips@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternalMelissa Phillips
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeInternalMelissa Phillips

Admission

The Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies, Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian and Development Studies are specialist vocational degrees.

Entry requirements are

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Arts or Social Sciences, or
  • Any tertiary degree combined with a minimum of six months professional experience in a development or humanitarian assistance context.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Start-year Intake

Year 1

1H

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading, Writing, and the Business of Research

Autumn session

102574Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)
101895Political Economy of Development
102575Emergency and Disaster Management

Spring session

101896Development and Security
102576Global Health, Migration and Development
102577Humanitarian and Development Agendas and Progress
102578Management and Evaluation of Aid Programs

Year 2

1H

Choose one of

102817Social Science Research Project
102818Social Science Training Placement

Mid-year Intake

Year 1

Spring session

101896Development and Security
102576Global Health, Migration and Development
102577Humanitarian and Development Agendas and Progress
102578Management and Evaluation of Aid Programs

Year 2

1H

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading, Writing, and the Business of Research

Autumn session

102574Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)
101895Political Economy of Development
102175Research in the Social Sciences

2H session

Choose one of

102817Social Science Research Project
102818Social Science Training Placement

Equivalent core units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.

102175 - Research in the Social Sciences

102579 - Humanitarian and Development Research Project

102580 - Humanitarian and Development Training Placement



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