University of Newcastle

Master of Social Change and Development

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

The program is designed to provide students who wish to pursue a career with government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and private firms, with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of social change and development and to improve their effectiveness as administrators, researchers, development planners, local officers, educators, or managers. As people and governments from the rich world take on the responsibility to engage with the developing world, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to work in the community development and policy analysis sectors of funded development projects and aid organisations. For those working now in developing countries, this program enhances your capacity to improve outcomes and make change effectively.

Designed for

Students who wish to pursue a career with government agencies, NGOs and private firms


120 units


  • Social change and development Social Science Research Methods Social Science Project Design and Evaluation

Standard entry requirements

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma
  • OrBachelor Honours Degree
  • OrBachelor Degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience
  • OrDiploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience.

Study pathways

Students apply for credit to enter into the program by first completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development (40 units) or apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for work experience in a Discipline area.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan International: $50,063 Yes
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
Online International: $50,063 No
  • Online/Off-campus : 1.5 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Callaghan, Online.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Further information

Discipline areas include: Sociology; Geography; Anthropology and development studies; Agriculture; Environmental studies; Education; Municipal community or Social work/Welfare; Indigenous Studies; Politics and Economics.

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