Master of International and Community Development (T3 2020)

Postgraduate coursework

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

This is the Trimester 3, 2020 version of this course.

The Trimester 3 teaching period starts from 9 November 2020.

Applications for this course close 6 November 2020.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Set yourself up for career progression in an evolving field by studying the Master of International and Community Development. With new expertise, you’ll be able to take the lead on development programs that promote justice, reduce poverty and create environments for people to lead sustainable, fulfilling lives.

Tomorrow’s development opportunities require new ways of thinking. Want the practical experience needed to respond to future challenges in creative, culturally sensitive ways? 

Deakin’s Master of International and Community Development is the largest, longest-running and most reputable course of its type in Australia. Our academic staff have extensive professional experience within the sector and course content is finely tuned to the state of local and global events that impact development – just two of the reasons why our graduates are better prepared for their current and future roles. The course fosters your passion for social justice, sustainable development and human rights. At the same time, it provides professional development opportunities that take your career forward. Plus, you’ll be studying on our premium online learning platform, giving you the flexibility to fit your degree around your work.

You can tailor the degree to your interests and career goals by choosing from three study streams:

  • international development stream
  • community development stream
  • combined stream (international and community development)

Adding to your study options is a broad range of elective units. Select topics that matter to you, from policy and advocacy to food security and gender development, and create a degree that’s built just for you.

You’ll explore a range of issues, including poverty, empowerment, inequality and environmental vulnerability, then learn how to design, resource and implement initiatives that respond to these challenges. You’ll develop skills through assessment tasks that simulate the sort of work you’ll be doing on real development projects and campaigns. Hands-on learning opportunities and access to industry professionals through seminars and guest lectures adds to your practical experience, and further enhances your readiness for future career opportunities.

Our engagement in field research puts us at the leading edge of academic and industry thinking, and you’ll be able to leverage the expert knowledge of our research team when undertaking the research component of the degree. Acknowledging that keen analytical skills are expected of professionals within the development field, the course provides rigorous research training that embeds these skills while giving you the chance to delve into a topic of interest.

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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
  • Streams (select one)

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

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice
  • The Economic Development Record
  • Political Development Record
  • Stream 2 International Development Stream

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

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice
  • Course Electives List A

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

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice
  • Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors
  • The Economic Development Record
  • Political Development Record
  • Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development
  • Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts
  • Private Sector Development: Corporations, Social-Enterprise and Microfinance
  • The Development Project Cycle
  • International and Community Development Internship
  • Food Security
  • Gender and Development
  • Sustainability and Development
  • Research Options

    Option1:

  • Research Paper (1cp)
  • Or

    Option 2*:

  • Minor Thesis A
  • And

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

    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)

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    You’ll graduate from this course with sought-after skills that open the door to a wide range of opportunities, both in Australia and internationally. Your practical experience will prepare you for leadership roles within all organisations that respond to challenges relating to social justice, empowerment, poverty and community development. These include:

    • international and domestic non-government organisations
    • government agencies
    • local community organisations, councils and other civil society actors
    • Commonwealth departments such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
    • international aid and development agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • bilateral and multilateral agencies.

    There is also the potential to work in related areas, such as:

    • social enterprise and other private sector businesses
    • teaching
    • travel
    • consulting
    • journalism
    • government and non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital and personnel.
    Interested in pursuing a career in further research? You can choose to complete a minor thesis as your research option which meets the thesis requirements for admission to a PhD pathway.

    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