Graduate Diploma in International Community Development

VU course code: AGID | CRICOS: 085260K | Level of study: Postgraduate
1 year

Tuition: per semester AU$15,500

City Campus, Footscray Park
29 July 2024


Take an important role in community development with leadership skills gained in real-world settings, by studying the Graduate Diploma in International Community Development at Victoria University.

This unique and practical postgraduate course offers you personalised education, specialising in community development at a local or international level.

The program is open to graduates with a bachelor degree, who wish to further their career in community development.  

If you are already employed in community development and wish to advance your career, this program will give you the skills to achieve your goals.

You’ll gain expertise in key community development theories, building your knowledge and skills in these main areas:

  • community development theories and practices
  • project design
  • planning and management
  • social research and evaluation
  • understanding globalisation and its impacts on communities
  • peace and conflict resolution
  • building capacity and mobilising communities
  • advocacy of gender rights and human rights
  • leadership in community development
  • governance of international organisations.

This diploma is the second stage of three courses in our graduate program. Successful completion leads into our Master of International Community Development.

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

As an international student at Victoria University, you will be required to pay your tuition fees up front each semester.

There may be additional materials fees throughout your studies, depending on your chosen course, as well as an administrative fee as part of your course.

Victoria University is proud to support our international scholarship recipients and sponsored students.

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us (and didn't apply through an agent), you may be eligible for a 10% discount. Not available for single-package courses.

Find out how




Graduates of this course work in many related areas, including international humanitarian work and development aid.

Career possibilities include:

  • international and regional consultant in human rights, gender, poverty reduction and project evaluation
  • project manager with international, government and local organisations such as Australian Red Cross, Save the Children, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
  • leaders and advisers in government
  • community development educator and trainer
  • journalist
  • activist
  • academic and researcher.

Salaries & job growth

Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to find the average salary for community workers.

With further study or experience, you could become a policy or planning manager. Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to find salary and job growth information for these roles.

VU stories

Diana Rodriguez, Master of International Community Development
Making an impact in the community
Master of International Community Development
"My placement was a really great experience. It helped me to feel confident working in community development, and also gave me the opportunity to network."
Diana's story