Graduate Certificate in International Community Development

VU course code: ATID | CRICOS: 061978C | Level of study: Postgraduate
0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Fee type for this course: Full fee

City Campus, Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Build a career with a positive impact, focusing on international humanitarian and development aid, with the Graduate Certificate in International Community Development at Victoria University.

This practical postgraduate program offers you a personalised education, including workplace training, for a career in community development in the local and international arena.

Key study areas include:

  • community development theories and practices
  • project design
  • planning and management
  • advocacy of gender rights and human right
  • conflict resolution in groups and communities.

The course critically engages with working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our graduate certificate is the first of three courses that make up VU’s Master of International Community Development. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to study our Graduate Diploma in International Community Development, which gains you credit towards our masters.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Fees & scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




Graduates of this course can work in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.

Typical roles might include:

  • international consultant (within human rights, gender, poverty reduction or project evaluation)
  • international project manager (e.g. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
  • government employee (e.g. local or federal government)
  • community development educator
  • international project manager
  • journalist
  • researcher.

VU stories

Lucy Taylor.
From Vanuatu to VU
International Community Development
"A highlight of the course was meeting many inspiring students from a range of cultural and professional backgrounds. Having such diversity in the course meant that class discussions were always interesting."
Lucy's story