What will I learn?

Develop the practical and intellectual skills to navigate the complex landscape of development, critically engage with key debates and be part of creating sustainable alternatives for the future.

UQ’s Master of Development Practice program addresses key challenges in the world today, including the rights of Indigenous people, inequality, gender, health, violence, alternative economics, climate justice and environmental sustainability.

With a diversity of delivery options – including intensive, online, practice-based learning environments and in-field research – this 1.5 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program is designed to fit in with your interests and availability, whether you're starting, advancing or rethinking your career.

Local communities in Australia and overseas are situated within rich and complex global dynamics. Our program equips you with theoretically informed skills to embrace the challenges of understanding, practising and rethinking development at different scales.

Drawing from anthropology, community development, planning, political science, sociology and related fields, UQ's Development Practice offers you a unique, multidisciplinary and practice-based learning experience.

Our graduates work across government, industry and community settings in development, social services, health, planning and elsewhere, to contribute to collaborative social change.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

Community development practitioner
Multicultural liaison officer
Social inclusion officer
Indigenous community adviser
Community planning and policy adviser
International aid worker
Outreach services officer
Sustainability researcher
Humanitarian aid official
Community development manager

Which department am I in?

Architecture and Planning



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,744.00 (US$ 23,700) per year
The UQ COVID-19 Offshore Online Study Tuition Fee Rebate is a 12.5 per cent rebate on the tuition fees payable for Semester 1, 2021 by full fee paying international coursework students who are unable to come to Australia due to the Australian government border controls.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2022

More details

Start date

Expected July 2022


The University of Queensland

St Lucia Campus,



4072, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree in engineering (in the relevant field of study for which they wish to enrol) with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. English Language Scores: IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; BE: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills.

For international students

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCDevPract* or GCCommDev* or GDipDevPract* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 with 2 years relevant professional experience. This experience may be in a paid or substantial volunteer capacity and will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant has made a contribution to the organisation or relevant community of interest. Same discipline is defined as a degree in anthropology, sociology, social science, development studies, community development, political science, human geography, philosophy, communication, social work, human services, planning, various streams of environmental studies and/or management, urban studies and international studies.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Queensland

UQ programs of Architecture, Planning, and Design are accredited by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia.

  • Top 100 in the world for Architecture/Built Environment
  • Students are offered a hands-on learning experience
  • One of the few universities to offer 24/7 design studios
  • Actively engages with a cross-section of industry partners