Master of Development Practice program at JCU

1 April 2015

The Master of Development Practice program at JCU allows students to learn the skills and knowledge to tackle the global challenges of poverty, health, conservation, climate change and agriculture. Unlike other MDP programs, this program is taught from a science perspective.

James Cook University Master of Development Practice
Study earth & environmental sciences at JCU

Students will be encouraged to work in teams to tackle real-world problems both through case studies on campus and through the fieldwork in complex local contexts. The special challenges to sustainable development in tropical forest and coastal regions will be addressed through a focus on insular South East Asia and the Pacific. The last semester is completed in Indonesia working on community-building projects, hands-on perspective, and direct experience in the field.
Graduates will have broad competence in development issues and will be able to influence policies and programs in developing countries and Northern Australia.
They will be equipped for employment in international humanitarian, development and conservation organisations ranging from NGOs to government and inter-governmental bodies.
Program: Master of Development Practice
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Semester intakes: February

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