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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

Confront the challenges of achieving just and sustainable development outcomes.

Through the Master of Social Justice (Development Studies) stream you will confront the challenges of achieving just and sustainable development outcomes that will improve people’s social, economic and cultural lives. You will establish theoretical foundations and gain opportunities for practice-based understanding of development policy, programs and outcomes.

Why study with us?

Address issues in development policy and debate with experts in anthropology, international relations, political economy, linguistics, public health, human geography, economics and sociology. You will also benefit from workshops, seminars and conferences in a research-driven environment, and from our strong commitment to building industry relationships in a global city.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

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How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Students in the Master of Social Justice (Development Studies) take four elemental cores that offer an interdisciplinary grounding in development, peace and conflict, and human rights. All MSJ students take these cores together, thereby building cohesion among and between students in the different streams. Students will grapple with some of the world’s most complex social justice problems in these cores, including eradicating poverty, facilitating conflict transformation, addressing human rights violations, and responding to the globe’s most pressing environmental crises. 

Students in the MSJ (Development Studies) additionally complete three selective units that ground students in the wide range of development practices and theories that guide those who seek to improve the wellbeing of marginalised populations. Students will focus on the intersection between development and key elements of the development sector, like economic growth, cultural practice, and civil society activism.

Three additional electives allow students to broaden their knowledge in social justice-related fields.

Finally, students undertake a 2-semester capstone project focusing on a topic relevant to development, either completing a dissertation or undertaking a social justice internship pathway, preparing students for higher degree research or professional practice, respectively. 

In sum, to qualify for the Master of Social Justice (Development Studies) you must complete 12 units of study (72 credit points) including:

  • Four core units (24 credit points) common to all MSJ streams;
  • Three development studies selective units (18 credit points);
  • Three elective units (18 credit points) from approved units offered throughout the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and
  • A two-semester capstone (12 credit points), (either a dissertation or an internship) on a topic related to development studies

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

As part of the Master of Social Justice (Development Studies) you are required to complete 12 credit points of capstone units of study. You can complete either of the following capstone options:

  • Year-long dissertation project
  • Student placement program.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Justice (Development Studies) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or or an equivalent level of performance in an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Social Justice with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Graduate opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be in a strong position to seek employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations concerned with development and poverty alleviation. You can also use the skills and knowledge acquired in the programs to become a more effective researcher, planner, educator, administrator and manager.

Work within non-government organisations such as:

  • Australian Council for International Development
  • Coffey International Development
  • Devex
  • GRM International
  • Oxfam
  • United Nations
  • World Bank
  • World Wildlife Fund

Domestic students

International students

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