What's it like to study a Bachelor of Development Studies?
Lisa talks about her experience studying a Bachelor of Development Studies at the University of Newcastle.
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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
3 years full-time.
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Issues involving development, poverty, inequality and environmental sustainability are some of the most important in the world today.
UON's Bachelor of Development Studies deals with these key issues in a current and global context. When you study a degree in development studies, you can go on to make a positive difference in the world.
You will study real-world issues such as globalisation, environmental change, sustainable development and social justice. Our interdisciplinary approach means that in addition to your major you are exposed to a wide range of areas including:
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Skills, abilities and knowledge learnt in the Bachelor of Development Studies are highly sought after by a broad range of employers, including international aid organisations, consulting firms and local, state and federal government departments.
Career opportunities can include:
When you study a degree in development studies, your learning is not confined to a lecture theatre or tutorial room. Many of the courses featured within the Bachelor of Development Studies involve fieldwork and the chance to develop research skills by interpreting the local environment.
You also have the opportunity to complete work placement in your final year and can elect to undertake practical experience overseas. This involves professional placement with an external organisation for 48 hours over the semester (four hours per week over 12 weeks). During this time you will be able to further develop your expertise in management of environmental projects and issues.
Additionally, Bachelor of Development Studies students can enrol in international study which offers you the opportunity to undertake an international placement to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in this program and apply knowledge and skills in an external and international context.