Master of International and Community Development

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of International and Community Development
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$26,800 for 1 yr full-time AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A727
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

New course version commencing 2017

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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. 


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.


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


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

Course rules

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.

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

Course structure

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

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development


International Development Stream

ADS733The Economic Development Record

ADS734Political Development Record

Community Development Stream

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B

Dual Stream - International Development and Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B

ADS733The Economic Development Record

ADS734Political Development Record

Research Options 1, 2 & 3

Research options

Option 1: Research Project (6 cp)

AIX706Research Design

Plus one of

AIX707Qualitative Research


AIX708Quantitative Research

Students then complete:

AIX702Dissertation A (2cp)


AIX703Dissertation B (2cp)

Option 2: Research Paper (4 cp)

AIX706Research Design

Plus one of

AIX707Qualitative Research


AIX708Quantitative Research

Students then complete:

AIX704Research Paper A


AIX705Research Paper B

Option 3: Research Project (2 cp)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX701Research Project


ADS711Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors

ADS721Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts

ADS720Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development

ADS712Food Security

ADS753International and Community Development Internship (2 credit points)

ADS723The Development Project Cycle

ADS714Gender and Development

ADS722Corporate Approaches to Development, Social Enterprise and Microfinance

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

ADS717Sustainability and Development

External electives

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development

ASS706Poverty, Health and Illness

AHA716Humanitarian Settlement

Course Map

Entry requirements - specific

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development (A511)
Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development (A611)