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2018: February
1 year
2018: A$10,000 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


Take the leading role in community development and get involved in social and economic change, human rights, and sustainable development and at a global or local level.

You will gain an understanding of key community development theories and practical skills to work as research-orientated practitioners in Australia and overseas.

Learn about international project design, social research and evaluation, globalisation, leadership in community development and governance of international organisations.

You will also have the opportunity to develop real-world experience through placements within Australia and overseas so that you graduate work-ready.

We have agreements with other universities and non government organisations, such as the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL) which enrich our program with benefits like a study tour unit to East Timor.

This graduate diploma is the second stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of International Community Development.

Successful completion of this course will lead you to admission into our Master of International Community Development.

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

This course could lead to a career as an:

  • international consultant (in areas of human rights, gender, poverty reduction and project evaluation)
  • international project manager (eg. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
  • government employee (eg. local and federal government)
  • community development educator
  • international project manager
  • journalist
  • researcher.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in International Community Development students will be required to complete 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) consisting of the following:

  • 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) of Core studies

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Elective studies.

Core Units

Plus 24 credit points of an Elective from the list below

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

  1. Interpret and debate multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives, analyse and problem solve in international and local community development;  
  2. Justify and review global and regional institutions, structures, challenges and trends and their impacts on development in the developing world as well as industrialised regions;  
  3. Critically review different schools of thought on globalisation and development and their impacts on communities;  
  4. Demonstrate critical analytical skills as well as effective communication in writing and other means to interrogate, interpret and debate key theories and academic concepts;  
  5. Creatively design and develop ethical research project proposals that address social responsibility and sustainability of community development; and  
  6. Apply knowledge, principles and theoretical frameworks to frame and inform practice as a reflective practitioner.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • International: Applicants with a Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any discipline
    Applicants with Bachelor degree in community development or social work can apply for Advanced Standing for up to 4 units (48 credit points). IELTS minimum 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Mature: Applicants with a Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any discipline
    Applicants with Bachelor degree in community development or social work can apply for Advanced Standing for up to 4 units (48 credit points).

English language requirements

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There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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