Master of International Community Development


Program Description


Become a leader in social change, human rights and sustainable development at a global or local level, with the Master of International Community Development.

This unique, popular program offers you a personalized education. It includes practical on-site learning and deep engagement with communities and experts in the field. The perfect mix of study and practical experience will have you job-ready for a fulfilling career.

Key study areas include:

  • critical consciousness and ethics of development
  • community development project design and management
  • participatory research and evaluation
  • globalization and social movements
  • leadership in community development
  • impacts of Trump and Brexit on the governance of international organizations
  • conflict resolution and peace-building.

We're one of the few universities in Australia that offers regional and contextual studies (e.g. in Latin America, Africa, and Asia).

Our master is the final stage of three courses, following our graduate certificate and diploma.


Graduates find work in many related areas, including international humanitarian and development aid.

Careers include:

  • International and regional consultant in human rights, gender, poverty reduction, and project evaluation
  • Project manager with international, government and local organizations such as the Australian Red Cross, Save the Children, Asylum Seekers Resources Centre
  • Leaders and advisers in government
  • Community development educator and trainer
  • Journalist
  • Activist
  • Academic and researcher


The average salary for community workers is A$63,800 (JobOutlook(external link)). With further work experience, you could become a policy or planning manager, earning an average A$122,460 (JobOutlook(external link)).

Course Structure

To complete the Master of International Community Development students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of the following:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies
  • 72 credit points of Elective studies
  • 48 credit points of either Community-Based Research or Research Thesis.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critique global and regional political structures, and their impact on development in the developing world as well as industrialized regions;
2. Conceptually map different schools of thought on globalization and development and their impacts on communities;
3. Deconstruct the role of civil society and grassroots social movements in relation to international community development;
4. Use critical analytical skills to interrogate and interpret key theories and academic concepts;
5. Creatively employ advanced skills in research and project management in international community development contexts;
6. Devise and execute a substantial research-based project or evidence-based capstone experience;
7. Resolve complex or emerging problems in professional practice and in contemporary international community development settings by applying knowledge and skills in a real-world context.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
  • Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
  • IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

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