James Cook University JCU

Graduate Certificate of Global Development

James Cook University JCU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

Analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex social and environmental problems within the Tropics and globally. Engage with diverse communities as you apply specialist knowledge to real-world scenarios across local, national, and international policy and practice. Emerge with the skills and know-how to implement projects and initiatives that can improve the lives of many. Cultivate the interdisciplinary skills and expertise required to address pressing development issues relevant to tropical Australia and the Asia-Pacific. JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Global Development is highly attuned to both current and future decades and its subjects align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly conservation and restoration, and economic and sustainable resource management. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent issues facing vulnerable communities through JCU’s unique position as a university for the Tropics that has worldwide impact.As you study this Graduate Certificate of Global Development degree, you will gain conceptual and practical skills to understand and respond to the shifting landscapes of human development. Learn how to critically analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex development problems — from infrastructure to systemic issues — for tropical, remote and inter-cultural settings through informed and evidence-based methodologies. Throughout this degree, you will learn to integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in global development policy and practice, ensuring your ability to make a difference at both a community and policy level.


12 credit points


  • Global Development

Standard entry requirements

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree
  • Or equivalent

Study pathways

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Global Development may lead to credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Global Development and Master of Global Development.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns Domestic: $15,600
International: $16,480
  • Full-time : 6 months
JCU Online Domestic: $15,600
International: $16,480
  • Online/Off-campus : 6 months

Further information

For external study option, computer and internet access is required.

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