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Western Sydney University

Parramatta , New South Wales ,Australia

Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies

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.

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 new Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies. Offered from 2018, this course encompass 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.

Campus Information

Parramatta City Campus (Main Campus)

Our brand new Parramatta City campus is home to state-of-the-art learning facilities and unique study spaces. Gives you access to leaders in industry, community and government.


  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 7

Application Process

More info required
10 Days
GTE/Possible interview call
10 Days
unconditional offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Your career

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


PSW Opportunity

  • Yes, In Hawkesbury Campus and Penrith has 3 years, the Rest of all has 2 years PSW.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Successful completion of a recognized** Bachelor degree equivalent to an Australian degree

**Please note that some degrees and awards are subject to an individual assessment.