Master of International and Community Development

Course summary for local students

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Year2014 course information
Award granted Master of International and Community Development
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Indicative annual fee 2014$17,480* - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359

artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Phil Connors, +61 3 522  73548, phil.connors@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code036085D
Deakin course code A727

Pipelining course version from 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of International and Community Development is a professional coursework degree designed to serve the needs of those seeking a graduate qualification in international development studies and/or community development.

The course will provide you with both analytical skills for understanding the contexts of development programs as well as practical skills for the formulation, resourcing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international and community development projects.

The course is structured around a range of skills-based and knowledge-generation units that address technical and social issues, policy development, project management and analysis of resources. Students are also eligible to complete a 14-16,000 word dissertation unit which provides a research pathway for students to qualify to apply for entry to PhD. 

As a graduate of this course you will gain expertise to design and lead creative, effective and culturally-sensitive ways of responding to the challenge of poverty and disempowerment. The philosophical foundation is based on your commitment to work globally and locally, learn from others and remain people-centred.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2014 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

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 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 within the MICD.

Course rules

Continuing students commencing prior to Trimester 1 2014:

Refer to pipelining course version for the 12 credit point course rules.

Students commencing from Trimester 1 2014:

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.

Course structure

International Development Stream:

Students wishing to undertake a International Development Stream must complete the following:

Core units:

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

ADS733The Economic Development Record

ADS734Political Development Record

ADS707Researching and Working with Communities A

ADS708Researching and Working with Communities B

  

AND

  

Further Reseach Stream

AIX702Dissertation A

and

AIX703Dissertation B

  

OR

General Stream

ADS718Minor Dissertation

  

OR

Professional Practice Stream

ADS753International and Community Development Internship

PLUS electives from the list below to a total of 16 credit points

Community Development Stream:

Students wishing to undertake a Community Development Stream must complete the following:

Core units:

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B

ADS707Researching and Working with Communities A

ADS708Researching and Working with Communities B

  

AND

  

Further Reseach Stream

AIX702Dissertation A

and

AIX703Dissertation B

  

OR

General Stream

ADS718Minor Dissertation

  

OR

Professional Practice Stream

ADS753International and Community Development Internship

PLUS electives from the list below to a total of 16 credit points

Dual Specialisation - International Development and Community Development:

Students wishing to undertake a Dual Specialisation must complete the following:

Core units:

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B

ADS707Researching and Working with Communities A

ADS708Researching and Working with Communities B

ADS733The Economic Development Record

ADS734Political Development Record

  

AND

  

Further Reseach Stream

AIX702Dissertation A

and

AIX703Dissertation B

  

OR

General Stream

ADS718Minor Dissertation

 

OR

Professional Practice Stream

ADS753International and Community Development Internship

PLUS electives from the list below to a total of 16 credit points

Electives for all options:

Trimester 1

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS710Microfinance for Poverty Reduction

ADS711Non-government Organisations and Development

ADS712Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

ADS724Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Relief

ADS733The Economic Development Record

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development

Trimester 2

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B

ADS713Aid, Trade and Development

ADS714Gender and Development

ADS717Sustainability and Development

ADS716Humanitarian Settlement

ADS734Political Development Record

ADS735Conflict Resolution and Development

ADS740Participatory Approaches to Development

ASS706Poverty, Health and Illness

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

ADS753International and Community Development Internship (2 credit points)

Trimester 3

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

AIP773Governance and Accountability






Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of International and Community Development applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

Students will be required to undertake 16 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • A bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; OR
  • Qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 12 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • A postgraduate certificate or diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 8 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and a relevant graduate certificate OR an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent; OR
  • A postgraduate diploma in a cognate discipline.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Alternate exits

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