Why study at IDD?

The International Development Department is recognised internationally by sponsors, donor agencies, governments and NGOs for our expertise and quality. Study with us to benefit from:

  • A vibrant, welcoming community of staff, students and alumni
  • Individual overseas fieldwork or study visit included in fees (on-campus programmes)
  • Innovative, flexible programmes and a wide choice of modules, including modules on Religions and Development and Disability and Development
  • Wide range of learning and teaching methods used, with active student participation encouraged
  • Opportunity to study via distance learning as well as on campus
  • Strong support in study and English language skills
  • Expertise and research from the multi-donor funded GSDRC knowledge management centre and the Australian Government funded Developmental Leadership Program, both led by IDD staff
  • Diverse and active research department, with regular seminars through which students can engage with contemporary issues and debates
  • Expertise developed in key issues and skills valued by employers

Distance Learning

On Campus


Each programme is taught by a team of multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely with students to address individual interests and concerns. Every student is allocated an academic tutor to support them in their academic progress throughout the year and a supervisor to support their dissertation work. The department has a long history of teaching students from across the world, and recent students have come from 99 different countries and a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.