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Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Burst
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Overview

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 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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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in community development

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 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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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
OR
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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