Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies


At Western, we care how you do in all aspects of your life. We believe your future is unlimited and together the possibilities are endless.

As the uni named number one in the world two years in a row – 2022 and 2023 for our social, economic and environmental impact in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, apply today to discover your unlimited potential and start at Western in 2024.

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?

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Program structure

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

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 $27,552*

Delivery: On campus

Humanitarian and Development Studies Graduates at Work

Humanitarian student finds meaning in Türkiye field work

Baris Unal is one of the individuals who have been on the ground as part of the global response to the devastating Türkiye-Syria earthquakes.

A postgraduate student at Western Sydney University studying the Masters of Humanitarian and Development Studies, he is building on qualifications gained at the prominent Istanbul University.



Start your unlimited journey today.

"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.

Apply now and start your unlimited journey.

*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.  

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