Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2018: February and July
Duration: 
2 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2018: A$10,000 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Aim for a meaningful career that can make a positive social impact. Become a leader in social change, human rights, and sustainable development at a global or local level.

This unique, popular program offers you a personalised 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
  • globalisation and social movements
  • leadership in community development
  • impacts of Trump and Brexit on governance of international organisations
  • conflict resolution and peace-building.

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

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

VU offers expertise and guidance in several specialised research areas. Postgraduate research will bring you into contact with our vibrant and innovative research community.

Related research themes include community resilience, liveable and inclusive cities, cultural diversity and wellbeing, and community, identity and displacement.

The Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network (CIDRN) promotes research into displacement, identity, community and change, focused on Melbourne’s west.

Our Centre for Cultural Diversity & Wellbeing (CCDW) conducts research relating to cultural diversity and resilience, social wellbeing, and approaches to reducing social harms in local and global contexts.

VU offers flexible study options, with courses designed to lead into one another. This makes it easy for you to graduate with the qualification that suits you, within a timeframe that suits you.

This master degree is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of International Community Development. The two previous stages are:

  1. Graduate Certificate in International Community Development
  2. Graduate Diploma in International Community Development.

Completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the course at graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.

Our partnerships with educational, business and community organisations offer important research opportunities. We have agreements with other universities and NGOs, such as the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL). These give you fantastic options to learn and travel.

Students studying international development at VU have completed placements in the following countries:

  • Timor Leste
  • Fiji
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Mauritius
  • Kenya
  • Botswana.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in community development

Graduates find work in many related areas, including international humanitarian aid 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 organisations such as 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.

Salaries

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

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.

Year 1

Plus 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Elective units from the list below

Year 2

OPTION A - Community-based Research

Plus 48 credit points (4) Elective units from the list below

Or

OPTION B - Research Thesis

Plus 48 credit points (4) Elective units from the list below

Electives

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 industrialised regions;  
  2. Conceptually map different schools of thought on globalisation 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.  

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.

Credits

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

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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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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