Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

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HSC True Reward provides school leavers much needed peace of mind, with an early offer into most university degrees based on Year 11* or Year 12 results.

Learn more about early entry for 2023, including eligibility requirements, key dates and answers to frequently asked questions.

*Those that apply using their Year 11 results will need to successfully complete the HSC.

The degree for all humanity

You will gain knowledge and practical experience in disaster management, humanitarian response and development assistance. Using our state of the art facilities, the experiential learning techniques applied utilise your theoretical knowledge for emedded simulation activities, case, problem and solution-based studies. We offer students regular opportunities with experts and practitioners from the United Nations agencies and international NGOs as guest speakers, seminars and career panels.

The comprehensive field experience package enhances your learning, research and real world experience to ensure you are career ready. A major component of the degree is a placement overseas for a full semester, which will be assisted by international partners including United Nations agencies and international NGOs. During your placement you will work on implementing life-saving programs and policies.

Are you ready to make a difference?

Learn from the best

Western Sydney University has been ranked in the Top 100 Universities for Sociology, in this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Program structure

The program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.

You will develop knowlege in human rights, peace and development, international relations, complex emergencies, international guidelines, emergency field operations and much more.

In this major, you will develop your knowledge of human rights, peace, sustainability, international relations, issues in world development, sustainable futures and much more.

Fees and delivery

Fees: Varies depending on subjects selected. View available subjects in our handbook.

For further information on University fees, please visit Fees and University Costs.

Delivery: On campus

Fee: AUD $26,240*

Delivery: On campus

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"I found the curriculum very interesting. I enjoyed learning new things about other countries, societies and cultures. This degree has helped me to understand how the world plays out in a bigger picture."

— James Abela. Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies.

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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (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 program 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 program past the normal finish date of the program 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 programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.