Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

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

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.

For further information, please visit: Student Contribution Bands

Delivery: On campus

Fee: AUD $26,240*

Delivery: On campus

Meet our first graduates

Our first Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies graduates share their journey.

HSC True Reward

At Western, we recognise that this year has been difficult for Year 12 students. Our Early Offer Program – HSC True Reward provides school leavers with much-needed peace of mind about their university entry for next year.

True Reward focuses on the scores that reflect your strongest skills and lead you to excel at university, rather than your scaled ATAR or results impacted by COVID-19.



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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.

Study a double degree

A double-degree gives you the ultimate edge. Be at the forefront of your field.
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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.