The University of Newcastle, Australia
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80.30
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UAC code

482550
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11368
CRICOS code: 031290F

Study a degree in development studies at UON

Issues involving development, poverty, inequality and environmental sustainability are some of the most important in the world today. Studying and understanding these issues is the key to creating a better world for future generations.

UON's Bachelor of Development Studies deals with these key issues in a current and global context. In your courses you will learn how to be an informed global citizen. When you study a degree in development studies, you can go on to make a positive difference in the world.

Why study with us?

  • One-of-a-kind degree: The only development studies degree in Australia to include economics and Aboriginal studies as core courses.
  • World top 100: UON is ranked in the world’s top 100 for sociology, as well as in the top 150 for geography (2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject).
  • Grow your international networks: You can enhance your knowledge of the world through our overseas placement opportunities.
92% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 150 ? for sociology
World top 150 ? for geography

What you will study

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:

  • Aboriginal studies
  • economics
  • geography
  • politics
  • sociology
  • environmental studies

Development Studies Majors

You will have the opportunity to focus your studies and choose from one of four majors:

  • Cultures and Citizenship – courses in this major will prepare you for fields related to Indigenous affairs, immigration and citizenship or community development.
  • Environmental Sustainability – as part of this major you will study courses to develop your analytical skills. You will also learn how to evaluate the impact of development on the environment and the community.
  • Globalisation and Economic Development – by completing this major you could go on to work in fields related to economic policy and analysis.
  • Urban and Regional Development –  studying courses in this major will open up employment opportunities in the fields of planning, regional or community development.

Our development studies majors are designed to allow you to gain detailed skills and a strong understanding of key principles in your chosen speciality.

Advanced study options

If you want to get an employment edge and open yourself up to higher salaries and positions, you could consider an additional year of study and complete your Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) degree. Students use the program as a spring board to secure innovative and exciting roles.

The Honours program examines international development and globalisation processes from a variety of approaches, with a focus on urban and regional impacts, sustainable development and cultural diversity and will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will be complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem.

The benefits of completing your Honours degree include:

  • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
  • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
  • we have extensive facilities and generous scholarships are offered to Honours students
  • you will make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
  • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) program handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses 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.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

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:

  • international development
  • urban and regional planning
  • social policy
  • tourism
  • community development
  • environmental management
  • consultancy and management
  • advocacy and policy development work
  • research

Careers by major

The following list provides some example jobs titles that might be suitable for graduates of the Cultures and Citizenship major. Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Aboriginal Cultural Educational Officer
  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Aid Worker
  • Community Development Worker
  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Community Project Officer
  • Community Services Worker
  • Coordinator of Social Services
  • Cultural Development Officer
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Development Manager (International Aid)
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Admissions Officer
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Multicultural Community Liaison
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Scientist
  • Support Worker
  • University Lecturer/Academic
  • Welfare Officer
  • Youth Worker

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in Cultures and Citizenship.

  • Child Protection Officer
  • Cultural Heritage Officer
  • Customs Officer
  • Grants Officer
  • Journalist
  • Legal Aid Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
  • Native Title Consultant
  • Planning Officer
  • Political Advisor
  • Project Worker
  • Tourist Information Officer

Graduates majoring in Sustainable Resource Management can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates majoring in Environmental Sustainability.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Bushland Assessment Officer
  • Climate Change Analysts
  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Development Compliance Officer
  • Development Manager (International Aid)
  • Environmental Manager
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Park Ranger
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Program Development Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Science Information/Education Officer
  • Social Researcher
  • Transport Geographer
  • University Lecturer/Academic
  • Water Resource Manager/Engineer

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Environmental Sustainability.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Aid Worker
  • Biogeographer
  • Conservationist/Ecologist
  • Cultural Heritage Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Field Assistant
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Consultant
  • Planning Officer
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Science Teacher
  • Tourist Information Officer

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Development Studies majoring in Globalisation and Economic Development. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

  • Aid Worker
  • Development Manager (International Aid)
  • Economist
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Grants Officer
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Scientist
  • University Lecturer/Academic

As well as the jobs listed above, there are many positions outside the general field of Globalisation and Economic Development that graduates may pursue using the transferable skills gained in their studies. The list of job titles below shows examples of the type of jobs / careers graduates can diversify into; that might not necessarily be directly related to their degree.

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Demographer
  • Development Economist
  • Immigration Officer
  • Journalist
  • Land Economist
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
  • Planning Officer
  • Political Advisor
  • Project Worker
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher

Graduates majoring in Urban and Regional Development can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates majoring in Urban and Regional Development.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Community Project Officer
  • Community Services Worker
  • Coordinator of Social Services
  • Cultural Development Officer
  • Demographer
  • Development Compliance Officer
  • Development Manager (International Aid)
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Grants Officer
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Project Worker
  • Response Officer
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Scientist
  • Transport Geographer
  • University Lecturer/Academic
  • Urban Designer

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Urban and Regional Development.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Aid Worker
  • Cartographer
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Electorate Officer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Geography/Human Society and its Environment Teacher
  • Immigration Officer
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Consultant
  • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
  • National Park Ranger
  • Planning Officer
  • Political Advisor
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Tourist Information Officer

Practical experience

Practical experience

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.