Get an understanding of the complex social, political, and economic issues facing our increasingly-globalised world. Study international and community development at Deakin and get the skills you need to make a difference – both at home and abroad.
Deakin's International and Community Development program is one of the longest running within Australia, giving you the assurance of many years’ experience in teaching this highly-developed course.
This professional, cross-disciplinary course is suitable for graduates from all disciplines. Offered as a fully-online program, it is aimed at current and aspiring development professionals keen to deepen their knowledge of the world’s development landscape.
The course examines the historical record of development, the socioeconomic and policy dimensions of development, and the foundation of sustainable development. You can specialise in either community development or international development, choosing from electives in areas such as poverty and health, gender and development, food security, microfinance and poverty reduction.
Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty, and builds environments for people to lead productive, creative and fulfilling lives. The course is designed to give you the specialised skills to help drive development projects in local and international communities, gaining expertise in all phases of project delivery including conceptualisation, project design, implementation, monitoring and assessment.
The Internship unit offers a chance to gain first hand work experience in a region or employment sector closely associated with topics studied in the course.
Career opportunities exist working in areas such as social justice, empowerment, poverty alleviation, and community development. These include non-government organisations (NGOs), government agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and private sector consulting. You may seek opportunities in related areas including teaching, the travel industry, consulting enterprises, journalism, and government and non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital and personnel.Read More
Students commencing after 2014:
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development (ICD), a student must successfully complete
International Development Stream (3 cp) plus 5 cp of ICD electives
Community Development Stream (3 cp) plus 5 cp of ICD electives
Dual Stream (5 cp) plus 3 cp of ICD electives
Students who commenced prior to 2014 should follow the course rules and structure shown in the Handbook for their year of commencement.
International Development Stream
Community Development Stream
Dual Stream - International Development & Community Development
International Development and Community Development Electives
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Employment in the development field provides a wide range of opportunities, both internationally and domestically. Graduates may find employment across the variety of organisations who work for social justice, empowerment, poverty alleviation, and community development. These include civil society organisations such as Non Government Organisations, Government agencies, bilateral, and multilateral agencies, as well as the private sector consulting. There is also potential work opportunities in related areas including teaching, the travel industry, consulting enterprises, journalism, and government and non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital and personnel. Students wishing to pursue a career in further research can take the research pathway.
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Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
|Use and apply advanced and critical understanding of the theory and practice of international and community development and the contribution of diverse disciplinary worldviews.|
|Apply advanced oral, written and interpersonal communication to plan, inform, and debate, complex multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral issues for improved social, environmental and economic outcomes|
|Use advanced knowledge of digital information sources and applications to source, analyse and report on complex data and information for effective research and professional development, across interpersonal, organisational and professional cultures.|
|Investigate, critically analyse, report and act on global and local issues and opportunities in historical and contemporary development discourse.|
|Demonstrate clear ability to comprehend and interpret competing options for solving complex or “wicked” problems with creativity, innovation and respect.|
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, respect and accountability and a continued commitment to learning and reflective practice in diverse international and community development contexts.
|Contribute to effective global and local collaboration, participation and achievement of mutually understood outcomes through sensitive, self-reflective and active engagement with research and practice, across cultures and disciplines.|
|Question, engage, provoke and innovate to ensure social justice, reduce poverty, promote environmental sustainability, and increase equality in personal and professional capacity to ensure environments conducive to achieving creative and fulfilling lives.|
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
How to apply
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience.
The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters in International and Community Development comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development or the Master of International and Community Development with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development or equivalent will lead to entry into the Master of International and Community Development with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.
Faculty contact information
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 5227 1359