Master of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
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  • Payment options:
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Start date:
    3 intake dates each year - enquire today!
  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
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  • Career Outcomes:
    Policy Analyst | Project Manager | Public Policy Adviser | International Development Professional | Social Policy Researcher | View All

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Course Rundown

Build sought-after skills in analysis, evaluation and management to effectively respond to development challenges with this Master of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action course from Deakin University. 

Developed in association with Save the Children, this course is designed for students seeking to work effectively in the complex and dynamic fields of international development and humanitarian assistance. In a diverse, complicated and ever-changing international environment, highly skilled development practitioners are sought after worldwide – and this industry-relevant, uniquely collaborative course offers a clear pathway for meeting global challenges and contributing to solutions. 

In this course, you’ll build advanced knowledge in key areas of development – including food security, disaster risk reduction, gender and economics – and distinguish development from humanitarian intervention. With a particular focus on research, and the opportunity to undertake a capstone research project, this course offers a unique opportunity to develop world-class knowledge and advanced analytical skills to contribute effectively to global development. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with honours in a related discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and have two years of relevant work experience; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • Demonstrate evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

English language proficiently requirements also apply.

In this humanitarian course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Food security
  • Disaster risk reduction and management in humanitarian contexts
  • Gender and development
  • Humanitarian – development nexus
  • Evidence and decision-making in humanitarian action
  • The economic development record
  • Why research matters
  • Research project capstone

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action from Deakin University.

This qualification will equip you with the advanced skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in a broad range of development management and leadership roles, both within Australia and overseas. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may choose to seek work as a project or team leader, as an international adviser or head of mission, or in a research and policy development role. 

With thoughtful industry input and connections, this qualification offers a truly relevant and competitive start to a rewarding career in international development and humanitarian action.

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

One credit point for this course is $1,500.

Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you! 


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