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Master of Development Studies (097AB) // Course structure

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Course structure

Students are required to complete the program requirements/structure from the year that they commenced their program.  All compulsory, core and capstone subjects must be completed to be eligible to graduate from the program.

200 Point Program

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • four core subjects (50 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (125 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subjects (62.5 points)

150 point program

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • two core subjects (25 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (100 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subjects (37.5 points)

100 point program

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (75 points)

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development(12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subject (12.5 points)

 

Master of Development Studies - Gender and Development Specialisation

200 Point program

  • six compulsory subjects (75 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (125 points)

 or

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development OR DEVT90048 Research in Development (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subject (62.5 points)

 

150 point program

  • four compulsory subjects (50 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (100 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development OR DEVT90048 Research in Development (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subject (37.5 points)

 

100 point program

  •  two compulsory subjects (25 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (75 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development OR DEVT90048 Research in Development (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subject (12.5 points)

 

Capstone Requirement:

Capstone Subject Options must be completed in the final hundred points of the program.  All students are required to complete one Capstone Subject Option (at least 25 points).  This requirement cannot be waived or replaced in any circumstances:

Capstone Stream 1: DEVT90060 Internship in Development (25 points) or DEVT90008 International Internship in Development (25 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to acquire practical skills in development practice and apply this knowledge to solve problems that arise in a professional context and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge and practice.

Capstone Stream 2: DEVT90054 Development Studies Thesis Part 1 and DEVT90055 Development Studies Thesis Part 2 (total 50 points)
Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a specific development research question.

Capstone Stream 3: DEVT90001 Project Management & Design (12.5 points) and DEVT90035 Monitoring and Evaluation in Development (12.5 point)
Purpose: An opportunity to acquire practical skills in project management and monitoring and evaluation and apply this knowledge to solve problems that arise in a professional context and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge and practice.

 

External Subject Rule

Student may undertake an external subject (not listed within the program structure) with the permission of the program and subject coordinator.  All external subject requests must be for the elective subject requirement, not as a compulsory, core or capstone subject. The maximum external subjects allowed are as follows:

 

  • 200 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (2 years): maximum 25 points.
  • 150 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1.5 years): maximum 12.5 points.
  • 100* point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1 year): 12.5 points
  • 50*^ point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (0.5 years): 0 points.

 

* GC-ARTS, GD-ARTS, GCA-ARTS and GDA-ARTS students are not normally granted permission to undertake external subjects towards their degree.

 

^ Exception: Students admitted to 50 point programs may apply to take LING90002, Presenting Academic Discourse, as an external subject.

Please note that advanced standing contributes to a student’s remaining points undertaken at University of Melbourne, and may affect how many points the student can undertake outside the enrolled program.

For policies that govern this degree, see the Courses, Subjects, Awards and Programs Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Library. Students also should also refer to information in the Enrolment and Timetabling Policy.