International and community development


Get involved in the development of programs to improve the lives of citizens around the world. A career in international and community development will enable you to promote justice, reduce poverty, and build sustainable living environments.

Choose a course that will get your work ready

If compassion for other communities motivates you, advance your existing career by gaining a relevant, skills-based, theoretically sound professional qualification. Deakin's international and community development program is one of the longest established in Australia. Learning from exceptional staff, you’ll develop a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to allow you to formulate, resource, implement and evaluate development projects that benefit the communities in which you work.


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.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

The Master of International and Community Development brought together my passions and hopes with theory and grounded research. Overall the course provided a more stable foundation for making a quality contribution to local and overseas development work.

Kelley Chisholm

Founder and Executive Director, Foxglove Project

Career opportunities

Employment in the international and community 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, including NGOs, local community-based organisations, and national and provincial government departments.

International experience

International experience

You can choose to gain valuable skills, make international connections and add value to your course through one of our many global volunteering and study abroad options.

International and community development postgraduate studies

Find out how international and community development at Deakin addresses social change, political change, environmental improvement and cultural understandings.

International and community development postgraduate studies

Research with us

If you choose to complete your higher degree by research with us, you will be guided by some of the best. Our international and community development program is one of the longest established in Australia, so you’ll be supervised by staff with years of teaching experience in this highly developed course.

Learn more about researching with us