Master of International and Community Development

Postgraduate coursework

The Master of International and Community Development course at Deakin is designed to provide analytical and practical skills. Enquire about it today.

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses


Current Deakin Students

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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 8 credit points of study according to one of the options listed below and

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  •  (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 two research options (1 credit points, 2 credit points) plus course electives from list A up to 4 credit points.

    Core unit

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Streams (select one)

    Stream 1 (Combined Stream - International Development and Community Development)

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice ADS705
  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Stream 2 International Development Stream

  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Stream 3 Community Development Stream

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice ADS705
  • Research Options

    Option1:

  • Research Paper AIX701 (1cp)
  • Or

    Option 2*:

  • Minor Thesis A AIX704
  • And

  • Minor Thesis B AIX705
  • *Option 2 will meet the thesis requirements for admission to a PhD pathway.

    Course Electives List A

    (Select between one and four, depending on choice of research and stream)

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice ADS705
  • Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors ADS711
  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development ADS720
  • Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts ADS721
  • Private Sector Development: Corporations, Social-Enterprise and Microfinance ADS722
  • The Development Project Cycle ADS723
  • International and Community Development Internship ADS753
  • Food Security ADH712
  • Gender and Development ADH714
  • Sustainability and Development ADH717
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of International and Community Development
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A765
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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

    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.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    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.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    If you don’t meet the minimum admission criteria for this Masters degree, we offer a pathway via the Graduate Certificate in International and Community Development.

     

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    Scholarship 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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. 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.


    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    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

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development (A665)

    Frequently asked questions

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    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

    Undertake research to acquire advanced integrated understanding, synthesis and application of theory and practice to international and community development within diverse disciplinary contexts and worldviews.

    Communication

    Apply oral, written and interpersonal communication skills 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, including scholarly research scenarios and real-world situations.

    Digital literacy

    Source, analyse and report on complex data and information, utilising a range of digital sources for effective research and professional development, across interpersonal, organisational and professional contexts

    Critical thinking

    Conduct in-depth scholarly and practice-based research to investigate, critically analyse, report and propose actions on local issues and opportunities in the context of historical and contemporary development discourse.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced skills in research, comprehension, interpretation and analyses of competing option 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, and commit to ongoing learning and self-reflection on the development as a  professional practitioner.

    Teamwork

    Work collaboratively as an active, engaged and reflective team member by contributing to mutual goals, research, tasks and leadership across practice, cultures and disciplines.

    Global citizenship

    Question, engage, provoke and innovate on a broad and interrelated range of social justice, environmental and development issues taking into consideration cross cultural, indigenous, local and global contexts.

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2018

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