Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of International Development Studies

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

This degree combines units that offer local and historical knowledge of specific geographic areas of the developing world, with units that explore transnational dimensions of development. This combination of subject matter enables students to gain knowledge of the planning, implementation and consequences of political and economic change, particularly the uneven effects of development policies on communities. Students will also gain knowledge of the macro and micro sociological forces, including social movements that have impacted historically on political, economic, cultural and ecological conditions, resulting in extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability. The degree grounds students in qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing them with the skills and knowledge to be able to determine appropriate strength-based capacity building approaches, and to identify economic inclusion strategies that promote economic opportunities for marginalised communities. The Bachelor of International Development Studies degree is located within the discipline area of ' development studies', which is an interdisciplinary branch of social science. The discipline area of development studies draws from a range of disciplines, particularly: anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, environmental science, history and economics. The main objective of the degree is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world. ACU BIDS graduates have a strong commitment to the common good and respect for the dignity of the human person. During the course students will gain hands-on experience in an international humanitarian or development program through the compulsory Immersion Experience unit. In addition to development theory and practice, students will study: global healthhuman rights law and practiceglobal change and developmentstrategic management, people managementpeace and developmentenvironmental sustainabilityresearch methodologies for development projects.


240 credit points. Immersion ExperienceThe International Development Global Experience unit (20cp) is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies degree which gives students a community-based learning experience for a minimum of 3 weeks where they have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country in their 3rd year of study. Participating in the International Development Global Experience unit (DVST307 ) is a compulsory component of the third year of the degree. Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the Development Education Immersion Experience.


  • Economics
  • Geography
  • International development studies
  • Media
  • Media production
  • Politics and international relations
  • Youth work

Standard entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement. International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent: Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. *Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements. 2. Additional ApprovalsRequirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they undertake DVST307 International Development Global Experience or DVST306 Working in Development). These are: Working with Children Check (if the placement involves working with children) and/or a National Police check. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $72,312
  • ATAR: 58.5
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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