Postgraduate coursework

Master of International and Community Development

The postgrad Master of International and Community Development course at Deakin is designed to provide analytical and practical skills.

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Key facts

Duration

1-2 years full time or part time equivalent depending on your entry point

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Course information

Get the expertise to respond to challenges of poverty, disempowerment and wider development aspirations in creative, effective and culturally-sensitive ways.

Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty and builds environments for people to lead sustainable, productive and fulfilling lives.

Development programs and project work for poverty reduction and social cohesion are major areas of professional employment. You can focus your studies on countries undergoing the development process or on communities within Australia.

Deakin’s Master of International and Community Development provides you with analytical skills to understand the contexts of development programs as well as practical skills. These skills help you formulate, resource, implement, and evaluate international and community development projects.

As part of this course, you’ll be required to undertake research in a relevant area. You’ll also develop a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to allow you to undertake projects that benefit the communities in which you work.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Master of International Community Development, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study according to one of the options listed below and

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Core Unit & Streams

    Students complete one core unit (1 credit point), plus one of three streams (2 credit points or 4 credit points), plus one of three research options (2 credit points, 4 credit points or 6 credit points) plus electives to a total of 16 credit points.

    Core unit

  • Introduction to International and Community Development ADS701
  • Streams

    International Development Stream

  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Community Development Stream

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Community Development Theory and Practice B ADS705
  • Dual Stream - International Development and Community Development

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Community Development Theory and Practice B ADS705
  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Research Options 1, 2 & 3

    Research options

    Option 1: Research Project (6 cp)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus one of

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Students then complete:

  • Dissertation A AIX702 (2cp)
  • And 

  • Dissertation B AIX703 (2cp)
  • Option 2: Research Paper (4 cp)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus one of

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Students then complete:

  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • And

  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Option 3: Research Project (2 cp)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Students then complete:

  • Research Project AIX701
  • Electives

  • Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors ADS711
  • Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts ADS721
  • Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development ADS720
  • Food Security ADS712
  • International and Community Development Internship ADS753 (2 credit points)
  • The Development Project Cycle ADS723
  • Gender and Development ADS714
  • The Private Sector and Development: From Corporations to Social-Enterprise and Microfinance ADS722
  • Cross Cultural Communication and Practice ADS715
  • Sustainability and Development ADS717
  • External electives

  • Anthropology of Poverty and Development ASS705
  • Poverty, Health and Illness ASS706
  • Humanitarian Settlement AHA716
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of International and Community Development
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A727
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $20,496 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, 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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    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. 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 may take research options one or two within the MICD.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Acquire advanced and integrated understanding of international community development and expert cognitive skills in the synthesis, and application of theory and practice in international and community development within diverse disciplinary contexts and worldviews. 

    Communication

    Apply oral, written and interpersonal communication to plan, inform, and debate complex multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral issues for improved social, environmental and economic outcomes to a wide range of audiences, and contexts. 

    Digital literacy

    Source, analyse and report on complex data and information for effective research and professional development, across interpersonal, organisational and professional contexts. 

    Critical thinking

    Investigate, critically analyse, report and act on global and local issues and opportunities in historical and contemporary development discourse.

    Problem solving

    Use advanced skills in the comprehension and interpretation of competing options for solving complex or “wicked” problems with creativity, innovation and respect.

    Self-management

    Plan, organise and manage competing demands on time, to work mindfully in a personal and professional capacity cross culturally. 

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global citizenship

    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

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit points of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points) If you have a Graduate Certificate in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (unit) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

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    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in International Politics, Development Studies, Community Development, International Studies, International Relations or Development Policy

    Alternative exits

    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.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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