Master of International and Community Development

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of International and Community Development
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes

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

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$19,800 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
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.

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 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.

Career opportunities

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 My Course My Career

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 must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and to Apply.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

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