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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11368
CRICOS code: 031290F

Study development studies at UON

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.

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.

89% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 100 ? 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


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

  • Cultures and Citizenship – this will prepare you for fields related to Indigenous affairs, immigration and citizenship or community development.
  • Environmental Sustainability – this will prepare you with skills to evaluate the impact of development on the environment and the community.
  • Globalisation and Economic Development – you could go on to work in fields related to economic policy and analysis.
  • Urban and Regional Development – this will open up employment opportunities in the fields of planning, regional or community development.

Majors 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 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.

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

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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.