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Master of Pacific Development

A single one year graduate degree offered by the Department of Pacific Affairs

MPADE
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MPADE
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 103372D
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MPADE
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 103372D
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Pacific Development requires completion of 48 units which must consist of:

6 units from the completion of the following compulsory course

PASI8005 Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific


A minimum of 6 units from the completion of one of the following courses on development theory and practice

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

 

A minimum of 6 units from the following courses on development:

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

ANTH8038 Gender & Development: Critical issues in policy & practice

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

ENVS6108 Sustainable Development

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption


A minimum of 12 units from the following courses on Pacific development:

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence & Development

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

PASI8004 Pacific Health Development Post-Covid

 

A minimum of 6 units from the following applied master classes contemporary challenges in the Pacific (3 units each):

PASI8301 How Papua New Guinea Works

PASI8302 Bougainville in Transition

PASI8303 Understanding the Pacific 1: Foundational Concepts, Critical Perspectives

PASI8304 Understanding the Pacific 2: New Actors, Contemporary Issues

PASI8305 Pacific Feminisms

PASI8306 The China Alternative? Changing Geopolitics in the South Pacific

PASI8307 The Political Economy of Service Delivery in Melanesia


A maximum of 12 units of language courses from

Tok Pisin Language and Culture

 

A maximum of 6 units from the following experiential, internships, and field schools courses:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

EMDV8015 Study Tour: Eco-Cultural Tourism

PASI6030 Study Tour: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems

VCPG8002 Ignorance!

24 units from elective courses offered by ANU

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

  • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 5/7 and a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a GC or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • GRE General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • A minimum of 15 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Demography and Population Studies, Development Studies, Diplomacy, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Health Sciences, History, International Business, International Relations, Law, Media Studies and Journalism, Pacific Studies, Politics and Public Policy, Security Studies, Sociology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,840.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$46,910.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This program provides a formalised pathway to broader and deeper research-led learning on the Pacific region for policymakers, program designers, researchers and analysts working on and in the Pacific region. Drawing on the research portfolio and teaching staff of the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA), as well as well-established cognate courses at ANU, this program offers the theoretical foundations to understand the complexities of development in the Pacific, while covering the depth and breadth of the current development, societal and political issues affecting the Pacific region. Students can design their own tailored program to include a blend of critical conceptual foundations in development and deep-dives into real-world issues for the Pacific region, with up to 30 different courses available. Students can choose from courses with traditional and intensive delivery methods, featuring assessment methods which foster critical awareness through an emphasis on building an evidence-base for policy work.

In this program, you can develop long-term networks with leading experts in Pacific research, policymaking and diplomacy.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of theory and concepts of development, together with an appreciation of how they inform and shape debate, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses

  2. Identify and critically analyse Pacific development problems and the key issues that comprise them;

  3. Contribute to policy and programming for Pacific development in NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies 

  4. Articulate ideas clearly and communicate them persuasively in a range of formats to diverse audiences

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