This course is not being offered in 2021. Please view our Social Sciences courses for other study options.
The only degree of its kind in Australia, the Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies responds to the need for qualified workers in disaster relief and development, in government and non-government agencies involved in humanitarian operations and development practice.
Ready when you are
Are you ready to make a change? It’s not too late to see where a Western degree can take you.
Join us for Mid-Year Info Day at our Parramatta City campus on Saturday, 15 May and get started on your journey to university.
Manage humanitarian efforts
Humanitarian disasters will continue to occur around the world, and there is a continuous need for skilled humanitarian workers. Change makers like you are required to deliver specialist humanitarian aid relief to people dealing with disasters. That’s the focus of our Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies.
This degree encompasses both the aid and health sectors with a focus on rehabilitation and development. Through a mix of practical and theoretical learning you’ll gain an understanding of the complexity of development and see how humanitarian assistance works hand-in-hand with international development aid efforts.
With the Master degree you’ll also gain a truly global point of view with international placement with one of our education partners. Mixing online and on campus learning, the Humanitarian and Development courses are available at a Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level.
Tailored towards individual needs and interests, this degree is linked to the specific industry requirements of humanitarian and development practitioners.
Learn from the best
Western is a Top 100 University in the world for Sociology (QS World University Ranking).
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $28,098*
Delivery: On campus
Postgraduate Information Sessions
Advance your career or kick-start it in a new direction with Postgraduate study at Western.
Streaming live from May, we’ll be discussing course content, admission requirements and career outcomes.
Register now for our upcoming Postgraduate Social Science Information Session at 5pm on Wednesday, 16 June to explore where Postgraduate studies can take you.
Start your unlimited journey today.
Why study a Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies at Western?
As a humanitarian and development studies graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Humanitarian Relief
- Aid Development Programming
- Project Managing
- Disaster Relief Work
- Policy Development
International Aid Worker
As an International Aid Worker, your calling will take you across the globe. This career includes working for NGOs, managing humanitarian crisises and providing diaster relief.
Disaster Relief Worker
When a natural disaster strikes or an emergency situation arises, Disaster Relief Workers provide a wide range of services to help the community cope from the impact of a disaster.
Project Managers work specifically on designated health related projects. Their tasks involve the conceptualisation, design, implementation and evaluation of the project.
Policy Developers collect and analyse information and data to develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of NGOs, government, commercial operations and programs.
Apply now and start your unlimited journey.
Other study options
*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.