Master of Development Studies

University of New South Wales

Our graduates work in local and international development agencies, the United Nations, policy and advocacy groups, community based organisations, government organisations locally and internationally.

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code For the course code, kindly refer to the university website.
Institution Name University of New South Wales
Campus Location NA
Institution Type University
Course Duration 2 years
Course University University of New South Wales

About University of New South Wales

Welcome to UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales), one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has strong regional and global engagement.


In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. We encourage you to explore the UNSW website so you can find out more about what we do.


  • UNSW Statement on Academic Freedom
    UNSW is committed to protection of academic freedom (also described as intellectual freedom and freedom of inquiry) as essential to the proper conduct of teaching, research and scholarship within the University. This commitment is evident in the UNSW Act, the establishing document of the University, the UNSW Code of Conduct and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, the proposed new Academic Enterprise Agreement, and an agreement, The Hefei Statement on the Ten Characteristics of Contemporary Research Universities, which UNSW has endorsed, as a member of the Group of Eight.
  • UNSW Sydney at a Glance
    UNSW Sydney is a powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching and innovation.We are one of the top 100 universities in the world, with more than 59,000 students and a 7,000-strong research community.Located in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, the University was established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines.UNSW is committed to making a difference by focusing on areas critical to the future. Pioneering research and sustained innovation are addressing some of the most important issues of today – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. In the social sciences, UNSW research informs policy and expert commentary in issues facing society, ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We are expanding our education and reaching more students from all backgrounds and communities around the world.The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
  • History
    he University was incorporated by Act of the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney in 1949, but its character and idea can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute in 1843, leading to the formation of the Sydney Technical College in 1878. The Institute sought ‘the diffusion of scientific and special knowledge’, the College sought to apply and teach it. Commenced as The New South Wales University of Technology, the University’s international context is that of the Australian recognition of that scientific and technological impulse in tertiary education that produced the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Berlin University of Technology. It acknowledged at university level that profound development in human knowledge and concern that had impelled the nineteenth century industrial and scientific revolution.
  • Visitors & the Community
    UNSW Sydney is trusted partners with industry, government and the community, making UNSW a catalyst for change committed to making a difference.For more than 60 years, UNSW has been involved in many activities that provide support to the community. Staff and students are dedicated to sharing their energy and expertise with individuals, families and community organisations to make a difference. UNSW’s many Faculty Advisory Councils provide a highly valuable link to industry and the community as they lend their expertise to our staff and students and help shape programs. The members of our many Faculty Advisory Councils are leaders in their respective fields, in business, government and associations external to UNSW.
  • Faculty Advisory Councils
    To help ensure UNSW Faculties retain strong industry links and continue to produce innovative and relevant research, many have established Faculty Advisory Councils. Members are leaders in their respective fields, in business, government and associations. They provide a highly valuable link to industry and the community as they lend their expertise to our staff and students and help shape programs.

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