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Postgraduates earn more with a Deakin degree*


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Find a humanitarian development and international relations degree

Geo-political tensions, climate change, poverty, pandemics and human rights abuses. These are just some of the issues currently impacting our global community. Deakin’s postgraduate humanitarian development and international relations degrees extend your theoretical knowledge and enhance your specialist and practical skills.


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.

Looking for a degree that will prepare you for the workplace?

Gain the skills and experience needed for a rewarding career. Expand your knowledge and experience in leadership, crisis management and program development.

Build strong industry connections

Our courses are developed and reviewed with professional input. You will have access to a range of networking opportunities. We have established strong partnerships with government and several high-profile non-government organisations and United Nations agencies.

Go on an internship or placement

Sharpen your skills in real-world environments through work-integrated learning on an internship or placement. Explore current industry practices and build your professional network with a government, private sector, non-government or community organisation.

Top professional roles

Employment in the humanitarian field is expanding. The skills you develop in a humanitarian development or international relations 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:

    • disaster response
    • coordination
    • service provision
    • communications
  • program management
  • community engagement and recovery
  • monitoring and evaluation.

Enjoy a quality education

Deakin has over 40 years of teaching and research in international and community development, and more than a decade in humanitarian assistance. We were the first to offer a graduate program in humanitarian assistance in Australia.

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

World-class teaching

Our courses are designed with industry consultation and taught by pioneering academics.

Leaders in their fields

Learn from passionate professionals who are recognised leaders in the industry. Our professors have years of experience with a diverse range of humanitarian and development organisations.

Years of experience

Deakin’s humanitarian assistance courses are among the first in the Asia-Pacific region. When you study with us, you will benefit from our long history of sector engagement.

Research excellence

Our engagement in field research puts us at the leading edge of academic and industry thinking. If you undertake a research component, you will be able to leverage this expert knowledge.

Why study in Australia?

Why study in Australia?

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Cost of studying in Australia

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*Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), based on Deakin domestic postgraduates’ full-time median salary being the highest of all Victorian universities.

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