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Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Geography and Environmental Science


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • From 2012 International development and environmental analysis became a stream within the Master of Sustainability.


International development is an interdisciplinary area of study focusing broadly on societies, the human development, and the achievement of greater quality of life for humans - particularly those living in poorer countries or regions. It focuses mainly on policies and institutions that emerged after the Second World War to address the needs of communities in former colonies. As such, international development studies encompass, among others, topics such as foreign aid, governance, healthcare, education, poverty reduction, gender equality, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, human rights, environmental degradation and natural resource management.

At Monash University, the study of international development is closely linked to environmental change, as the majority of communities classified as 'underdeveloped' are often highly dependent on land, forest and marine-based resources for their subsistence and livelihoods, and because processes of economic growth, industrialisation and other aspects of modernity often lead to changes in access to and control of resources, overexploitation and degradation of natural resources and environmental conditions. Socially and environmentally sustainable development, therefore, forms a major focus of international development and environmental analysis.


2846 Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry.

This program provides some coursework as a foundation for students undertaking a substantial piece of research relating to international development theory, policy or practice. The course extends the knowledge, research and writing skills of people already working in, or seeking employment in, organisations involved in international or sustainable development.


  • 12 points of level five coursework international development units*
  • 12 points of level five coursework units approved by the international development program coordinators

* Refer to the international development and natural resource management stream of 3783 Master of Sustainability for units.

Course coordinator: Dr Craig Thorburn

Further courses

For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 3783 Master of Sustainability