International Development Practice - A6006

International Development Practice

Expert master degree

Want to improve the wellbeing of millions of people worldwide? This course will help you tackle the political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges leading to extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability. All of these issues require professionals with the practical skills and analytical capacity to build resilience at a national and community level. Delivered by specialists from the humanities, social sciences, medicine, business and economics, education and law, the course offers a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable development with six streams: Democracy, justice and governance; Gender, peace and security; Global Migration, Crisis, change management and leadership; Sustainable economies and Sustainable resource management.

This course offers an applied approach to the theory and practice of international development. It offers project management, leadership skills development and rigorous research training within its interdisciplinary core curriculum. Foundation theory and practice units address questions ranging from the causes of wealth disparity, and the growth of development thought and practice, to the impact of politics, economics, culture, history and natural resource on inequality. You can tailor the course to suit your interests and career aspirations. Graduate employment opportunities may include human rights advocacy, aid agencies in government and non-government sectors, the Fair trade business sector, community organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank. As part of your studies you will be able to acquire practical experience through fieldwork and internship opportunities at sites of significant development practice in countries such as South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Fiji. For instance the South Africa student placement program provides Monash students with an amazing opportunity to gain first-hand experience of international and community development work, through placements with Oxfam and its partner organisations in South Africa. Options to include language extension in individual programs are also available.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Master of International Development Practice
Course Handbook

Industry advantage

You'll be taught by leading experts and hear from some of the best industry connections in the field. Take advantage of professional enhancement units, plus professional internships for credit with our 400+ providers, and graduate with every advantage to take the next step in your career.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as one year, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

Study a Master of International Development Practice

Discover how you can shape a rewarding career that makes valuable contributions to our globalised world by studying a Master of International Development Practice at Monash Arts.

International Development

The Master of International Development Practice (MIDP) is for students who want to make a difference in the world by participating in and leading meaningful transformation. MIDP is a partner with the Global Association of the Masters in Development Practice .

Colab m

Colab m, a mentoring program co-created with WhyDev, aims to provide MIDP students with international mentors.

Make a real difference

Master of International Development Practice graduate Eva Medianti is using her degree to support fishing communities in Indonesia.

After starting her career in monitoring and evaluation for not-for-profit organisations in Mexico, Master of International Development Practice student Danya Salinas realised she needed to dive into postgraduate study to realise her professional ambitions.

News and events

From awards to industry events and field trips, discover what our students and teachers are actively involved in.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Entry level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least credit (60%) average.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least 50% average in both qualifications.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least credit (60%) average.

*Cognate disciplines include: humanities or social sciences

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in five parts. Part A. Foundations of International development practice, Part B. Principal study, Part C. Applied study, Part D. Professional enhancement and Part E. Specialist study.

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Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6006


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6006


Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.