Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development

Deakin University

Deakin's International and Community Development program is one of the longest running within Australia, giving students the assurance of many years' experience in teaching this highly-developed course. This professional, cross-disciplinary course is suitable for graduates from all disciplines. Offered as a fully-online program, it is aimed at current and aspiring development professionals keen to deepen their knowledge of the world's development landscape. The course examines the historical record of development, the socioeconomic and policy dimensions of development, and the foundation of sustainable development. Students can specialise in either community development or international development, choosing from electives in areas such as poverty and health, gender and development, food security, microfinance and poverty reduction. Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty, and builds environments for people to lead productive, creative and fulfilling lives. The course is designed to give students the specialised skills to help drive development projects in local and international communities, gaining expertise in all phases of project delivery including conceptualisation, project design, implementation, monitoring and assessment. The Internship unit offers a chance to gain first hand work experience in a region or employment sector closely associated with topics studied in the course

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,928
International: $25,832

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree in any discipline or approved equivalent


8 credit points comprising core; and elective units from a prescribed list

Subjects you can Study:

International development; Community development

Study Pathways:

Credit for prior learning will be granted in accordance with university policy. Alternative exit A511

Who for:

Professionals working or those aspiring to work in the areas of international and community development

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00113B

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Online 1 year

Deakin’s course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give students a competitive edge. More than 58,000 students have chosen Deakin for its industry-aligned courses, teachers that are leaders in their field, flexible study options on campus and online, leading edge facilities and proven record of scientific achievements. 

Deakin’s internationally recognised quality of research and teaching puts it in the top two per cent of the world’s universities (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings). Deakin is also number one for student satisfaction in Victoria (2016 Student Experience Survey). 

Deakin is one of Australia’s largest universities, with over 40 years of experience as a leading tertiary education provider. Its five campuses include one in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong and one in Warrnambool on the south-west coast of Victoria, plus 15,000 students that study predominantly online via Deakin’s Cloud Campus. All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from Deakin’s award-winning digital environment. Deakin is committed to lifelong learning, providing students with choices about how, when and where learning occurs. 

Deakin is proud of its inclusive and student-focused culture and its reputation for using innovative digital solutions to provide an engaging and personalised learning experience. Deakin has a large, diverse student body, with many mature age and part-time students, as well as many international students and students from regional areas. 

Deakin’s four faculties offer both undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the arts, science, sport, nutrition, psychology, business, law, medicine, engineering, nursing, allied health, information technology and teaching. 


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