Master of Social Change and Development

University of Newcastle

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 their capacity to improve outcomes and make change effectively. While a base undergraduate degree in an area of relevant specialisation is useful for this kind of work, professionals in the field of international development need an understanding of the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level which affect local conditions and capacities. The program aims to equip professionals with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge, which can meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment. What distinguishes this program from others in this field is the opportunity it offers to students to create their own research work as part of a research project. Not only does this give scope to individuals already working within the field to further pursue their specific areas of interest, but it enables those new to the field to explore many paths to shape their career's future.

Course Fee:

Australian: $23,715
International: $37,215

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree in a discipline area with 2 years relevant work experience (80 units); or a Bachelor degree in a discipline area with no relevant work experience (120 units); or a Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area (80 units); or a Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area (80 units).


This program requires students to complete between 80 - 120 units, with 60 units of Core courses, 20 units of Directed courses from Group A, and 40 units of Directed courses from Group A or B for students who are required to complete a 120 unit program. Students may be eligible to complete a reduced number of units based on previous qualifications and/or experience. Refer to full admission requirements for pathway options.

Subjects you can Study:

Social change and development

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.

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.

Who for:

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

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1.5 years
Callaghan No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
Callaghan No info Yes Part time 3 years
The University of Newcastle is rated in the top 250 universities in the world and in 2014 was ranked number 1 in Australia of universities under 50 years of age.

The University of Newcastle has campuses in the Newcastle CBD, at Callaghan, on the Central Coast at Ourimbah, serving a regional community of more than 750,000. There is also a campus in the Sydney CBD and in Singapore in partnership with PSB Academy.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate programs through five Faculties as well as a number of enabling programs including Open Foundation (for students aged over 21), Newstep (for students aged 17 to 21) and Yapug, a pre-degree preparation program for Indigenous students.

The student population is over 42,000 with international student enrolment growing annually. This year over 7,000 students from more than 60 countries will study both on and off-shore in teaching, nursing, medicine, engineering, science, technology and business.

Each faculty offers a wide range of postgraduate programs on campus, by distance, online or in combinations of all three. So too, does the University's main centre for graduate business programs, the Newcastle Graduate School of Business. The Graduate School is the postgraduate coursework unit that delivers online postgraduate programs and is now recognised as a leader in the field, offering one of the most flexible, student-focused, and least complicated delivery systems in Australia.

The University is well known for its research excellence and is ranked in the top 10 of Australian research universities. Problem-based learning, pioneered by Newcastle's medical faculty some 25 years ago, has been refined and now also underpins its programs in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Nursing and Law.

Provider CRICOS: 00109J

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