Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

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If you missed out on applying for university to start in Autumn session, you may still be able to study in 2019 with our Mid-Year intake.

Study at a world-class university, globally recognised for its research strengths and innovations in teaching. Apply today to start your unlimited journey.

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. 

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?

Discover where a degree in the Humanitarian and Development field can take you.

Learn from the best

Western is a Top 150 University in the world for Sociology (QS World University Ranking).

Course structure

The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (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 units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Delivery: On campus

Fee: AUD $25,000*

Delivery: On campus



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"I was attracted to WSU because of the potential for the University and the region to grow and excel, during this exciting transition."

— Ambrose Teo. Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Laws.

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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.