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: $20,600
International: $26,800

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline Evidence of academic capability judged to be 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.

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

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Deakin University has five campuses - one in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong and one in Warrnambool on the south-west coast of Victoria. With over 61,000 students, it is one of Australia’s largest universities. Deakin’s fastest growing campus is in the Cloud where 15,000 students study predominantly online. All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from Deakin’s award-winning digital environment. 

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Deakin’s four faculties offer courses across the arts, science, sport, nutrition, architecture, business, law, medicine, optometry, engineering, nursing, allied health, psychology and teaching. It is on a strong research trajectory, ranked 211 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2018).

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