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Degrees to change the world

Geo-political tensions, climate change, poverty, pandemics and human rights abuses. These overarching concerns are just some of the pressing issues currently impacting our global community. Deakin’s postgraduate humanitarian development and international relations degrees will equip you with the skills to better understand the nature of these problems. Examine the current responses to these problems and how they can be improved.

Benefit from Deakin’s partnerships with important industry partners

Through studying at Deakin, you can take advantage of our strong partnerships with relevant international non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, other locally-based NGOs, and government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Join the first degree of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region

Deakin’s suite of humanitarian degrees provide real-world learning like no other, through on-the-ground and virtual simulations. Our academics have many years of experience in the field with a diverse range of humanitarian and development organisations, offering valuable industry insights. Combining theory and practice in addition to action-based research in the sector, our degrees equip you to be an effective and highly-skilled worker, both in Australia and internationally.

This course brought together my passions and hopes with theory and grounded research. The support in the research units was fantastic and overall the course provided a more stable foundation for making a quality contribution to development work.

Kelley, Australia

Master of International and Community Development

Career opportunities

The skills developed in a humanitarian course – such as in leadership, crisis management, and program development – can be applied in a broad range of settings. Our graduates have found work in a range of areas, including in:

  • international non-government organisations
  • local community-based organisations
  • national and provincial government departments
  • disaster risk reduction assessment and programming
  • consulting enterprises
  • project management and community development
  • emergency service provision
  • community engagement and support
  • funding, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.

Master of Humanitarian Assistance

This course looks at humanitarianism and humanitarian aid both as it is, and also does a critical unpacking of some of the problems in the system. It is the first course of its kind in Australia, and it's the only course of its kind that is focussed on humanitarian assistance as a whole course.

International and Community Development postgraduate studies

The International and Community Development course at Deakin University is about social change, political change, environmental improvement and cultural understandings.

Master of Politics and Policy

'I decided to be involved in politics and policy, because that is where all the decisions are made and if you want to make a difference or improve anything within your community or in the world you have to understand how politics works and how policy is developed.'

How to apply: international students

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