Master of Social Science (Development, Security and Sustainability)


Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Duration 2F / 4P
Apply Direct Code1770.1
UAC Code950822
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Course Code1770.1 [CRICOS CODE 059409K] 
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Fee Information

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


Who should study this course?

This course is intended for those with bachelor or honours degree interested in the issues of social justice and sustainable development. Some work experience after completing bachelor/honours degree would be an advantage. In particular, this course is highly relevant for those already working on the issue of international development intended to advance their career in the field. 

Educational and personal outcomes

The course will develop student mastery in the theories, inter-linkages and strategies within the field of Development, Security and Sustainability with a clear practical orientation. These are integral to a critical understanding and analysis of the current world order and threats from climate change, global demands for resources, uneven economic growth and sustainability. The specialisation takes a particular focus in the analysis of these issues within the South and East Asian Regions (including Australia) and the Pacific. Economically Australia has become tied to the South and East Asia regions; and increasingly this is translating to social and political engagement within these regions and within the Pacific. This specialisation will enable both local and international students to engage in analysis of the political, social and economic challenges in these regions and the critical significance of development security and sustainability to all our futures. 

What is unique about this course at Western Sydney University?

The significance and uniqueness of the course lays in solidly framing the issues of security and sustainability in the development process strongly rooted in a multidisciplinary perspective of social sciences. It will combine a focus on the global South and the concerns of the advanced North. This course is the first of this kind in Australia's higher education. 

Advantage of studying this course at Western Sydney University

This course will be taught by leading scholars in the fields of peace and development studies as well as humanitarian studies with solid multidisciplinary background and experiences in the field of international development. Western Sydney University is a rapidly growing university that puts a strong orientation towards student achievement in academic excellence.


Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

Admission information and course structureDevelopment, Security and Sustainability units

Career opportunities for this specialisation

Career outcomes and opportunities

This course is, in particular, relevant for those interested to pursue a career in international development either with donors, governments or Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). In general, this specialisation is suitable for those interested in the issue of social justice and sustainable development

for career opportunities in: 

  • international development
  • academia
  • journalism
  • or the social development and public affair aspects of private enterprises

Academic Profile

Doctor Zulfan Tadjoeddin

Dr Tadjoeddin is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). Prior to that, he was a Lecturer in Economics, UWS. Had visiting research appointments at the Queen Elizabeth House (QEH) of the University of Oxford (UK) and at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands); was a Technical Advisor on decentralization and conflict at the United …

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How to apply

If you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, you can apply online directly to Western (opens in a new window) for postgraduate coursework in Arts and Humanities, Business, Creative Industries, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Law, Computing and Information Technology, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, TESOL, Interpreting and Translation or Therapeutic Studies and Counselling. Applications can also be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window).

Applications made directly to Western do not have an application fee.

You can manage your existing direct applications via the Western application portal (opens in a new window) or via UAC.(opens in a new window)

Step by step instructions are available on the How to Apply pages.

If you are an international student, you need to apply through Western Sydney University International. Step by step instructions are available on the International Admissions pages.