single degree

Master of Pacific Development

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MPADE
  • Post Nominal MPacDev
  • CRICOS code 103372D
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MPADE
  • Post Nominal MPacDev
  • CRICOS code 103372D
  • 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 The 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

REGN8056 Complexity, Catastrophe and Resilience

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

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence & Development

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

INTR8043 Globalisation and Development in the Contemporary Pacific

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

PASI8004 Pacific Health Development Post-Covid

PASI8009 Political Economy of Elections in Melanesia

PASI8010 Evidence-based program design and implementation in the Pacific

 A minimum of 6 units from the following applied master classes on 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 Pacific

PASI8307 The Political Economy of Service Delivery in Melanesia

PASI8312 Law and Justice in the Pacific

PASI8314 Gender and Leadership in the Pacific

PASI8315 Pacific Research Methodologies for Development

PASI8316 Inclusive Research Methodologies for Pacific Development

POGO8230 Gender Analysis in Public Policy

A maximum of 12 units of language courses from

Tok Pisin Language

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • an ANU Graduate Certificate in Pacific Development with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • a cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • a cognate Bachelor or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7
  • a Bachelor or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program
  • a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program
  • a Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7
  • a minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English Language Proficiency: 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. 

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. 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 admission requirements and post-admission support

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.

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:

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.

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:

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

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Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

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:


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.

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. Conduct independent academic research on key issues relating to Pacific development;
  5. Articulate ideas clearly and communicate them persuasively in a range of formats to diverse audiences

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Welcome to the Master of Pacific Development. This section for new students will help you to choose which courses you should enrol in for your first semester as well as general information to assist you throughout your degree.

The Master of Pacific Development is a 48 unit program. This consists of 1 x 6 unit Compulsory Course, at least 1 x 6 unit Development Theory and Practice Course,  at least 1 x 6 unit Development Course, at least 2 x 6 unit Pacific Development Courses and at least 2 x 3 unit Applied Master Classes Contemporary Challenges in the Pacific Courses.  The program can be completed full time in one years or taken part time over a longer period. (Note: International students must study a full time load)

After you have accepted your offer online you will be emailed your password and Student ID. Please follow all the instructions in the matriculation email you receive to activate your Interactive Student Information System (ISIS) account. You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online in your courses through ISIS. Enrolment is managed through ISIS while the online learning platform is known as Wattle. These two websites will be some of the most common sites used throughout your degree. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with them as soon as possible

About this degree

Students who wish to apply for credit for courses undertaken in previous study can apply for prior formal learning at AQF Level 8 or 9. Please follow the instructions for Course Credits and Exemptions.

Students are to follow the degree requirements for the year that they commenced the program. You can change the year on Programs and Courses by clicking on the drop down menu next to the year on the page.  If you would like to undertake a course that is not listed in your degree requirements, you will need to seek approval by sending an email to

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

Enrolment Status

Courses that make up this program are listed under the ‘Study’ tab.

Please note that the courses listed are not available in every semester and some are run in alternate years, so please check to see on the individual course page regarding when they are available.

It is possible to enrol in less than 24 units per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

If you are studying part time you are encouraged to enrol in courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until Monday of Week 2 of each semester without penalty.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?


Academic Advice

The Coral Bell Student Engagement team are available to provide academic advice to students.

You can contact the team by emailing or calling on 02 6125 5744

Students may also discuss their course selection with the Program Convenor, Dr Gemma Malungahu

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