James Cook University JCU

Graduate Diploma of Global Development

James Cook University JCU

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

Gain the specialist skills and experience to support sustainable local and global development. Make a difference to communities, developing hands-on experience in analysing, evaluating and generating innovative solutions to complex social and environmental problems. Cultivate the interdisciplinary skills and expertise required to address pressing development issues relevant to tropical Australia and the Asia-Pacific. JCUs Graduate Diploma of Global Development is highly attuned to both current and future decades and its subjects align with the United Nations 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 JCUs unique position as a university for the Tropics that has worldwide impact.As you study this Graduate Diploma 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.Benefit from studying at a university ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals*. Develop the knowledge and skills that will allow you to work in the priority areas of poverty alleviation, sustainable planning, social justice, climate responsive systems, sustainable resource management and global health — areas identified by the UN as key global challenges for future sustainability.


24 credit points.


  • Global development. Study areas include: Disaster resilience and natural resource management
  • public health
  • sustainable development planning and policy
  • Indigenous futures
  • governance and social change
  • leadership and management for development
  • the development researcher.

Standard entry requirements

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree
  • Equivalent

Study pathways

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Global Development will lead to credit towards the Master of Global Development.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns Domestic: $30,636
International: $34,120
  • Full-time : 1 year
JCU Online Domestic: $30,636
International: $34,120
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

Further information

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

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